Paul Ryan, Superintendent of Three Way ISD (TX), joined the district in 2013. He was faced with challenges such as Average Daily Attendance level that was putting the district in danger of losing state funding, a perception from nearby communities that the district was dying, and the loss of students because parents were told the district was cutting sports.
Studies show that it is imperative to change from the “old way” of thinking about parental involvement to a “new way” of organizing district leadership and school-based programs of school, family, and community partnerships. Dr. Joyce Epstein of Johns Hopkins University discussed key concepts, essential structures, and expected results.
It’s no longer an option for schools or stakeholders to use technology and web tools to stay connected with all that is happening on a day-to-day basis. Discover how to activate stakeholder engagement in the virtual world. See how social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest can help move the conversation forward.
Engaging parents and boosting school-home communications is a priority in Fremont School District 79. And creating the environment that celebrates collaborative practices is central to the district’s vision and promotes home-school connections! In this webinar, presenter Dr. Jill Gildea, Superintendent of Fremont district, shared how they’ve implemented best practices in K-12 parent communications for future-ready schools.
In the past seven years, Indiana’s Noblesville Schools has tried three different website solutions in an effort to expand their community engagement. The process was frustrating, but their research and persistence finally led them to the engagement and communication levels they were looking for.
Three proven programs for avoiding summer brain drain and strengthening home-school relationships were shared in this webinar. Learn more about High-Tech Educator Strategies: Using Social Media to Communicate with Families, High-Yield Student Learning Projects: Developing Student Experts on Chosen Topics, and High-Touch Community Strategy: Back to School Community Walk.
In a time when budgets are tight and schedules are even tighter, educators must be creative and agile as we seek ways to connect with families and fortify the essential home-community-school relationship that best supports kids. Schools must differentiate outreach efforts to meet families where they are – in the same way teachers must differentiate for students with diverse needs.
Teaching students and their families how to use mobile devices to access online resources gives them the ability to learn anytime and anywhere. As educators, we know that student achievement increases when parents are involved.