Depending on where you’re located, you’ve either finished out the school year or are just about to. (Either way, woo-hoo! – right?) Before you get firmly into summer mode, take a few minutes to close out the 2014-2015 school year from a school communications perspective. It won’t take long, we promise, and you’ll reap the dividends in a number of ways. 1. Share those end-of-year photos with parents. The end… read more →
MemberHub is, in our opinion, a fantastic tool for communicating with parents. But the way you communicate with parents is no less important. Do it too much, or not enough, or in the wrong way, and it’s easy to drive them away for the remainder of their kids’ tenure at your school. Here are 7 tips for parent communications success, whether you’re a teacher, an administrator, or heading up the PTA… read more →
I don’t know how it is where you live, but we’ve had one heck of a winter down here in Raleigh so far – snow, ice, you name it! But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun along the way. My family certainly has! Last week, a couple of administrators at Durham Academy (just 30-minutes away from us here in Raleigh) decided to make their school cancellation announcement… read more →
School’s out for summer! Or is it really?!? It all depends on your program and your perspective. My program operates from Labor Day to Memorial Day, so the students have already been out for three weeks. We do have some summer sessions and already have one of those under our belt, too. If your program is year round, summer may not necessarily bring much change in routine for you. The one… read more →
As an early childhood educator, parents are entrusting you with their precious babies. In doing so, you are expected to wear many hats– a coach, a mediator, and a teacher to name a few. But probably the most important role you have is as a communicator. You need to be a good communicator with your students and peers, but maybe most importantly with parents. While this can be a daunting… read more →
More and more people are simply ignoring email all together these days. Considering we all use email (and email is not dead) that can be a pretty big problem. Yet we still send a ton of email and we need folks to reply. Anyone that’s managed a mass email campaign can attest to the fact that the biggest challenge is getting folks to just open the darn email. It’s all… read more →
“Oops! I forgot to give you that…” The infamous words from your child’s mouth that describe the devilish disappearing act in which the school book bag performs weekly. A distant cousin to the sock-eating dryer, the book bag is a deep and dark hole where endless papers, newsletters and forms fill its void. But is the book bag really to blame? Is it the child, or is it the school?
Back in 2007 Mashable put together a post where they listed 60+ collaborative tools for groups. That’s a lot of different tools to help your “group” get organized and collaborate. Notice how I said “group” and not “groups”. That post was almost three years ago and today there are plenty of online solutions where “a group” can go online to have discussions, share files and photos, and sync up on… read more →