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Communicating with Families Using Data

School-home communication is very important for the success of all students. Parents and guardians need to be kept aware of what is happening in the school and how their students are doing. When speaking with parents, it is advised to include some form of data in the conversation. This can and should be done informally. This collection provides some tips as to how teachers can communicate important information to parents.
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A Collection By Jeffrey Sack
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Communicating with Families Using Data
  • Jeffrey Sack says:
    In data-driven schools, it is more important than ever to share the information with parents. This video highlights a data-driven school and how they use "data nights" to relay student results to the community. I think what this school is doing is great and really like how they go about doing it. The video could be used as a springboard for other schools who want to follow suit.
  • Jeffrey Sack says:
    Being able to see how teachers communicate with parents is important to learn what to do and what not to do. This short video shows some examples of teachers talking to parents regarding their students. While it does not specifically incorporate the dissemination of data, the skills presented here can certainly be used when telling parents this type of information.
  • globaldigitalcitizen.org

    12 Apps For Smarter Teacher-Parent Communication

    5 minute read
    Jeffrey Sack says:
    Who knew? There are apps that are specifically designed for teachers and parents to communicate with each other. This wonderful review article discusses a full dozen of them, talking about their strengths and weaknesses. I really liked this review and would suggest that teachers, perhaps, think about choosing one of these to use.
  • edutopia.org

    What Parents Want in School Communication

    5 minute read
    Jeffrey Sack says:
    What types of information do parents want teachers to tell them? This wonderful article answers that question. It presents the results of a nation-wide survey that investigated what parents want to know from their students' teachers. I think this is a great story. I did not find the results of the survey really surprising. I think it offers some great advice on how to bridge the parent/teacher gap.
  • choiceliteracy.com

    Choice Literacy - Articles & Videos - Full Article

    5 minute read
    Jeffrey Sack says:
    For most teachers, the only parental interaction they have is the annual parent/teacher conference that last only about 20 minutes. This wonderful article discusses how student data can be discussed during this short period of time. It also talks about which data is most important for teachers to tell parents. Anyone who has parent/teacher conferences would benefit from reading this.
  • flamboyanfoundation.org

    Communicating with Families Around Academics—Dos and Don’ts

    5 minute read
    Jeffrey Sack says:
    There are right and wrong ways to communicate student data with parents and guardians. This wonderful outline presents what should be shared and how to do it. I think it does a great job summarizing the content. I really like the simplistic nature of the material.
  • eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov

    Family Engagement and Ongoing Child Assessment

    20 minute read
    Jeffrey Sack says:
    The communication between schools and parents is essential for the growth and success of the child. This handout provides helpful tips on sharing student information with parents and details what strategies are most effective. I think this would be a great place to start to get smarter about the sharing of student data.
  • secc.sedl.org

    Improving Family and Community Engagement Through Sharing Data

    10 minute read
    Jeffrey Sack says:
    This research article investigates the best practices of how to share student data with parents. There is a lot of relevant information in here that can be used by teachers and administrators to design their own methods of data dissemination. While this is written with a more academic tone, the information contained within is wonderful. I highly recommend that this be read to gain a better understanding of the importance of sharing data.
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