School Newsletter

2 Key Reasons Consistent School Updates Make Educators’ Lives Easier

Dr. Kara Stern
2 min read
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Consistent updates engage parents in their child’s education. The more informed parents are, the better they can support their child’s learning.

🚀 Want all faculty communicating consistently?

Sending out a weekly school newsletter can feel like whistling into the wind…

But if you’re putting in time to document student work, share upcoming events, remind parents of classroom procedures, & help them understand what their child is learning, it’s time well spent. Point of fact: your ongoing updates are doing the #1 task that leads to improved student success rates.

That #1 task? Engaging parents in their child’s education.

#1. The more you communicate with parents, the more they know about their child’s school life.

That sounds obvious, but it’s actually critical to student success. Research shows that the more parents learn about their child’s school life, the more they trust their child’s teacher & principal. From there, it’s a snowball effect. But in a good way! When parents trust the educators in the building it leads to improved student achievement, attendance, behavior, and engagement. And what comes along with that? Improved teacher satisfaction.

It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not — you can read the research yourself here. And there’s more…🥁

#2. With consistent updates, you’re building goodwill with parents & community members

When you take time to send a weekly school newsletter, you’re building a relationship with parents and community members. Even more so if you solicit feedback, integrate it, & improve your updates. The more transparent you are, the more you’ll reap the rewards. What are the rewards, exactly? At some point, you’re going to need to share difficult news. If you’ve put in the time to to build trust, here’s what will happen: people will have your back.

And that’s a big win, right thereSo, let’s get started now! Here’s a template already formatted for you.

Summer Updates for Families Newsletter Template
Dr. Kara Stern

Dr. Kara Stern began her career as an ELA teacher, then shifted into administration as a middle school principal. Dr. Stern is a fervent advocate for equitable communication and family engagement. She spent five years as Executive Director at Math for America, where she designed the professional learning community that exists to this day. An unexpected move to Tel Aviv launched her into the world of EdTech where she became the Director of Education Content for Smore and then the Head of Education Solutions at SchoolStatus. Outside of work, she indulges her love for reading, devouring two novels weekly, with a particular fondness for heists and spy stories.

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