☕️ Busy? Here's the TL;DR
- Consistent updates engage parents in their child's education
- The more parents know, the more they can support their child
- The more informed families are, the more you build trust with them.
- When a hard moment arrives, parents with trust will have your back.
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 there. So, let’s get started now! Here’s a template already formatted for you.