Educators’ Top Communication Tips of 2022: A Look Back

Dr. Kara Stern
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As 2022 comes to a close, we decided to make our own “Best of” list:

Best School Communications Tips of 2022

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To compile the list, we turned to the experts in the field – educators! From their suggestions we boiled it down to three core tips.

Let’s take them one at a time!

Top Tip # 1: Consistency

Almost all of the experts who weighed in pointed to the importance of consistency, although in different ways. For some, it was frequency:

For others, it’s about maintaining a consistent cadence:

While other educators pointed to the importance of maintaining a consistent style or design identity (in addition to communication frequency):

Top Tip #2: Keep it Lively

All the consistency in the world might not matter if you don’t communicate in a way that captures folks’ attention. Using visual signifiers like emojis, GIFs and memes is just plain fun. Big added plus? It makes you look on trend!

You can tell emojis are fun to use, because even in sharing the tip, these educators are using them! And notice, the visual addition makes their contributions pop. Like this one:

Top Tip #3: Be Respectful

Folks, this is an important one, so we saved it for last. When you’re crafting your school newsletter, keep front of mind who will be receiving it. For starters, not everyone absorbs information in the same way:

Use multiple modalities to share information – remembering your audience has varied learning styles!”

— Linda Hyde (@hydel_HRE) December 16, 2022

Great point! It’s also hard to absorb a whole lotta info coming at you at once:

And as @evyabel pointed out above, not everyone reads comfortably in English, so language translation is a must. Lastly, another essential way to be respectful is of people’s schedules, by considering carefully when you send information—whether it’s to parents or to your team:

So, the Best School Communications Tips of 2022: Be Consistent, Be Stylish, Be Thoughtful.

See you in 2023!

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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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