Back-to-School

A Back-to-School Essential: A Meet the Teacher Template

Dr. Kara Stern
2 min read
Female teacher prepares her newsletter to being sent.

Sending a Meet the Teacher school newsletter to families before the first day of school is a surefire win.

It offers families an opportunity to get to know you in a way that feels personal, but in a manner totally controlled by you! It puts anxious parents & students at ease (63% of parents stress about back to school) Most importantly, it gets everyone psyched for the coming school year.

We’ve put together a Meet the Teacher template for you — here’s a quick rundown of each section.

1. 📸 Placeholders to share some details about yourself


The template starts with a text box for you to write an opening message, along with some prompts for how to get started.

You can follow up your hello message with pictures of your pets, children, hobbies, or home. It’s a great way to help families feel connected to you.

2. 📆 Share Back-to-School items of interest to families


Everyone wants to know what their child’s day will be like, what they’ll be learning, and even what they’ll be eating! We’ve got placeholders for a first day schedule, a peek at the first curriculum unit, and we recommend sharing a first week lunch menu if you have one!

In case you’d like to alert parents to important events coming up soon, we’ve added in an event block for Meet the Teacher Night.

3. 👩‍🎓 Use the template to get to know your students, too


In the final section of our Meet the Teacher template, you’ll find a sample google “get to you know” form, so that not only can your students learn about you, but you can learn about them 😍. This is a great strategy for building trust with parents from the get-go.

And building trust is the #1 best way to enlist parent support.

You can get started by clicking here, and why not start now? No time like the present — research shows that the more you communicate home, the more you ensure your students’ success 🙂

Wishing you a happy and productive year!

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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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