Stand By Me

Creating Meaningful School/Home Connections

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Paper is not dead! Funny Commercial
Stand By Me, Ben E King, 1961

Does anyone read the classroom newsletter?

Some do, but many times these end up in a stack of junk mail. Will parents check out pictures of their kids? Usually!

Help your students tell their story.

You will show them the value of their work and the importance of the time they spend at school when you give them an audience.

Keep it brief!

Make it simple for parents.

Google Photos

Google photos is a free, quick, easy alternative.

How can we share it to everyone?

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TTESS

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Class Blogs & Social Media

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Good PR!

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Social Media is the way to go when you have an event!

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Schedule Tweets

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Value their work!

Make a habit of sharing student work. When they see that their learning matters outside the walls of the classroom the quality improves.

Try it out!

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Turn & Talk

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Let your students take the lead!

Let the students be the reporters or historians who chronicle the activities taking place in your classroom. Equip them with an iPad for taking pictures, a notepad for taking notes, and the time to put them together in a format that is presentable to the public. Have them decide what is important to share. Give them the responsibility and it will become more meaningful to them, and it will save you time.

Smore is More!

You can create beautiful flyers, invite parents to events at school and so much more! It's one of my very favorite tools because it is super user-friendly. Check it out!

Smore

Add an RSVP

Here is an example of how Smore was used to invite teachers to a training session:

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Twitterific!

Our Curriculum Dept. led a PD initiative using Twitter intending to engage teachers, but quickly found out that parents wanted to be involved as well.

#LISDFormula100

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LivingTree has a translation tool!

Remind.com

What about the Important Reminders?!?!

Keep it brief and simple by using Remind.com

Most parents have cell phones and appreciate the convenience of the Remind app.

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Turn & Talk

Prepare now for back to school!

What do you need to do now, so that you will be ready for Meet the Teacher Night?

What should you have available to parents at the beginning of school to get off on the right foot using some of these communication tools?

Twitter Exit Ticket

Please share one take away from today's session using #lisdsteam Stand by Me.

Thank you for coming!