The K12 Engaged Connector

Great Resources & Info for Family Engagement Coordinators

In this Edition:

This Week Let's Focus On...
Responses to That Burning Question
Question from Your Colleague
Thinking About Things
Adding to Your Pocket
A Tool to Share
Sharing from the PLC

This Week Let's Focus On...

Remembering Self-Care
Communicating Well with Parents
Networking with One Another

Responses to That Burning Question

The last question was: "How Do You Advertise Lifeline/Office Hours to Your Families?"

  1. I have it set up as a Class Connect which reminds LCs when they look at their class connects for the day
  2. I have UTVA Lifeline at the same time and day each week so they only have to remember one time/day.
  3. I remind them of the class each week in my LS Success kmail.
  4. I also end many kmails with "please don't hesitate to call, kmail, or come to UTVA Lifeline on Tuesdays at noon if you have questions or concerns."
  5. i put mine in my smore newsletter
    i put reminders on social media
  6. We add a CC session as well as add it in announcements.
  7. Monthly parent newsletter, Facebook, School events calendar, BBC calls.

Question from Your Colleague

"Who consistently contributes to your school newsletter? Do you ask for contributions from the same folks each month"
From Kristin Contreras of NCVA
Everyone, please send your responses to this to Kristin at and me at
Do You Have a Question for Your Colleagues?

Click the button. Send Your Question. Let Your Colleagues Help!

Thinking About How It's Going

Each week I have a number of 1:1 calls with many of you and I've heard lots about how things are...and I quote:
"busy" or "stressful"
or "Ok" or "Go Go Go"
or "Going well, but I'm feeling overwhelmed"
or "So many changes this year" or
...well, even some "Going OK" or "Going well."

Referrals and Back on Track Plans are #1 on the list of things to take care of.
No Question!

But what I'm hearing a lot of in the undertones is that there are struggles with effective communication with parents and difficulties with finding time for Family Engagement interaction because of other roles or expectations that many of you have. It's all important. All of it. Important concerns and they go hand in hand.

Communication is a primary piece of engagement. Perhaps THE primary piece.
Communication is the first step in showing each family, each parent, that they are not alone. Communication and engagement don't have to be a heavy lift all the time, but they do need to be a consistent one.

While many things may find the way to the top of your to-do list, it's important to try to find time to communicate with your families and make them feel connected to something larger than themselves. Make them feel warm and supported.

How you do that can vary from school to school. It can be newsletters, email, weekly drop-in times or Lifelines. Think about what your families need to hear. Perhaps a 5 minute Jing with a tip that can make things easier for them or a BbC recording that you make to share something new or uplifting could make all the difference.

Think about how nice it is to know that someone has taken the time to let you know you're not alone.
You're not alone. Communicate. You're not alone. Engage.
I can't invent time, but let me come alongside and help.
What do you need? Let me know.
You can do this! We can do this.

Adding to Your Pocket

Maria Blencowe's Answer to LuAnn's Question!

Hi LuAnne,
Adding Google Translate to your newsletter is super easy. You're going to love it!
  1. Copy your newsletter link. (ex.
  2. Go to
  3. Paste your link into the box on the left hand side of your screen.
  4. In the web address bar of your browser, copy the web address. (It should now look different than because it iwll hve your link in the address. For example
  5. Paste that link into your newsletter. Your families will click on this link to access the translation page.

Let me know if you have any trouble doing this and I will be more than happy to help. :)

Maria Blencowe
High School Family Engagement Coordinator
Georgia Cyber Academy
I've Got a Strategy to Share!

Have you found something valuable? Have a strategy that makes your life easier or your product better? Please, share!

Professional Learning Community

PLCs are YOUR community. These are the people that know what it's like in YOUR role. Don't miss out on the opportunity to share with one another.

Watch for pre-PLC assignment to come!

Think of it this way, just like you want your families to come to the things that you know will make a difference, I want you to come and see what's going on that could make a difference to you.

Our Next PLC is: December 8.
These are mandatory for all FAST Staff, so please register for them at
Our Next Topic is:
12/8/15- Taking Stock- Reflections on What's Working

National Professional Development

BOT Strategies for Success with Michelle Scionti
Thursday, November 19
3pm Eastern/2pm Central/ 1pm Mtn/ 12noon Pacific
During this session participants will discuss practical methods for creating and implementing a Back On Track Plan with students and parents.

This would be a good opportunity to learn more about Back on Track Plans and get an insight into how you might take part in these plans as things go forward.

A Tool to Share


Check Out Pinterest's Page and if you don't have an account, make one. If you do have an account, GREAT!
In the search box at the top, search for "Parent Engagement."
This is a great way to find ideas, graphics, websites and more. know what? It's fun too! Some schools have Pinterest pages for their parents. Hey, even K12 has one! You can share this one with parents. And here is an article about how to use it. It's REAL SIMPLE.

Sharing from This Week's PLC: CORY FLAGG, AZVA

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(Send Your PLC Exit Tickets to Lori soon!)

Thanks for Reading!

I'm looking forward to hearing from you? What do you need?