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Beyond the Newsletter: Communicating with Parents

While a paper newsletter can look great, they take a lot of time to put together, can get lost in backpacks, and often are not frequent enough to assist parents with supporting their children in school. There are so many ways that are low prep, low tech or high tech that can improve teacher to parent communication and hopefully improve student achievement!
A Collection By Elizabeth Kaplan
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  • 5 Collection Items
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Beyond the Newsletter: Communicating with Parents
  • scholastic.com
    scholastic.com

    Speaking Their Language

    5 minute read
    Elizabeth Kaplan says:
    It is important when talking about communication with parents to consider families who do not have English as their first language. This is a short but useful article from Scholastic that has a good bulleted list of practical strategies to try-some you may not have considered before!
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Parents and Teachers: The Possibility of a Dream Team

    4 minute read
    Elizabeth Kaplan says:
    Parents and school staff really can work together to be a "dream team"! This article talks about how parent-teacher relationships can be toxic and offers ways to improve them through communication.
  • thejournal.com
    thejournal.com

    7 Free Apps for Keeping Parents and Teachers Connected -- THE Journal

    4 minute read
    Elizabeth Kaplan says:
    There are so many new apps and web-based resources for communication. This article summarizes new web 2.0 tools to bolster parent-teacher communication. Picking one or two to try with families and share with colleagues is a great thing to try out as summer winds down!
  • Remind

    Website
    remind.com
    remind.com
    Elizabeth Kaplan says:
    This is an incredible web application that allows teachers to send parents a quick message from anywhere, for free. It can be used to remind parents to read with their children, to bring in a permission slip, or to just send a quick positive note about the day.
  • natcom.org
    natcom.org

    The Role of E-mail in Parent-Teacher Communication

    5 minute read
    Elizabeth Kaplan says:
    Email in the teaching profession can be a blessing and a curse at times. The quickness and the ease of it also comes with the chance that tone can be misconstrued (both by parent and teacher)! The article talks about the role of email in parent-teacher communications. It is from an organization outside of public education (communications) so it is interesting to hear a data-driven outsiders perspective on emailing with parents!
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