DialMyCalls offers a school notification system that is used by thousands of schools all across the United States and Canada. Schools rely on our service to send out a plethora of automated notifications such as report card reminders, snow day calls, weather alerts, parent notifications, academic reminders, and much more. Let's take a quick look at how Virtual South Carolina, a program of the South Carolina Department of Education, utilizes DialMyCalls:
Why Did VirtualSC Need a School Notification System?
VirtualSC needed to give their teachers the ability to easily send academic calendar reminders to all their students --- DialMyCalls was the perfect solution to handle the amount of teachers VirtualSC has employed.[click to continue...]
Communication is absolutely crucial to running a school well. There’s always information to share - and not just with students. Teachers, coaches, and other faculty must be kept in the loop about goings-on at the school, along with the families of students.
Given the extensive list of people who must receive constant communication from a school, it's no wonder that many schools have difficulties properly contacting parents, staff, and students when they need to. In the past, much of this communication was done through phone calls or email - but both of these forms of communication can be easily missed, and are not time sensitive.
Luckily, 21st century technology has changed things. Smartphones, the internet, and the innovation of the modern world has created a host of specialized apps for schools that can be used by school administration to stay in constant contact with teachers, students, and parents. Let's take a look at 3 of the best communication apps for schools below:
BuzzMob is a great platform for schools looking for an extremely robust, social-network styled communication solution for their needs. BuzzMob can be used by teachers, parents, and schools with different features available for each market segment.
School administrators can enjoy:
- Easy methods of communication with parents, teachers, and other faculty members either privately or in groups.
- School-wide update systems, including emergency alerts.
- Staff-only groups for better communication of internal topics.
- Easy coordination for upcoming field trips, events, or fundraisers, with improved volunteer selection capabilities.
- Custom groups can be made for specific extracurricular activities, particular school teams, and special projects.
- Teachers can communicate directly and easily with the principal and other important school administration faculty.
If you're looking for an easy, social network-style solution for communicating with everyone important to your school, BuzzMob is a great choice. The only drawback is that each individual family member and faculty member must sign up for an account themselves, making adaptation somewhat slow in some cases. [buzzmob.com][click to continue...]
Unlike most teachers, superintendents, school principals and other administrators don't get large blocks of time off from work during the summer. In fact, those precious weeks in between the end of one school year and the start of the next can be the busiest time of all. If you're a new superintendent or new to school administration in general, you are quickly going to learn that managing this time is of the utmost importance if you want to have everything in place for when students head back to school.
The Responsibilities of a School Superintendent
The school superintendent is the highest ranked individual in the administration, with the most responsibility. If a school were a corporation, he or she would be the CEO. They have to answer to the school board - board of directors, parents - customers, and the government. This pressure only increases during the summer months when trying to wrap up the previous school year, manage any summer activities that are taking place, and prepare for the next.
Know Who You Can Rely On
You will be coordinating with the principals and staff members from all the schools in your district. Get their summer schedules ahead of time so that you can know who to contact during the weeks in between classes. Don't forget to also let them know of any plans for time off that you might have, and provide contact information for who will be taking your place when you are not around.[click to continue...]
It's often said that children can be cruel, and bullying has been around since time immemorial. But just because it's common doesn't mean it should be normalized. Historically, bullying has been written off as "kids being kids," or conceptualized as a necessary hardship that helps build character. In reality, it can cause serious damage. Victims of bullying can develop depression and anxiety, begin engaging in self-harming behaviors, and are at greater risk of substance abuse. It can take years for people to overcome the damage that childhood bullying can cause.
A school-wide bullying awareness program is a great way to draw attention to the problem, helping educate students about what to do if they're bullied or if they witness someone else being bullied. This can include an anonymous tip line, educational resources, and other measures to strongly discourage bullying and encourage kids to speak up.
1) Make Sure Children Understand What Constitutes Bullying
"Bullying" can be broadly defined as unwarranted aggressive behavior between children or teenagers, reflecting a real or perceived power imbalance. This behavior is generally repeated over time, and can be physical, verbal, or relational. The repetition, aggression, and power issues are central to bullying. Sometimes victims are singled out because they’re different, or because they're perceived as weak. At other times, it's essentially "random" from an outsider's perspective.
2) Acknowledge The Different Kinds of Bullying
Bullying isn't just about physical violence, which is often how it's characterized in media. Some children do bully others by hitting, punching, or otherwise attacking them, but this isn't the only way that aggression can manifest.
Today, with the rise of "zero tolerance policies" and greater general awareness of physically violent bullying, it's probably less common than it was thirty years ago. But verbal aggression is also a form of bullying. Children that tease, name-call, taunt, or threaten other children are engaging in bullying behavior.
There's also "social bullying." This is often called “relational aggression” when it’s observed in girls, especially preteens and teenagers. This includes passive-aggressive and indirect things like leaving someone out, telling other people not to be friends with the victim, embarrassing or humiliating someone in public, and spreading malicious rumors. This isn't always immediately recognized as bullying, either by authority figures or by the victims. It’s quite subtle, and it's very difficult for adults to catch on.
Cyberbullying is arguably a subset of social and verbal bullying, but today, it's more common than ever. It’s been around since at least the early to mid-2000s, when instant messaging was popular and youth began to use the internet regularly. Today, it's still rampant, and because it happens off of school property, it can be difficult to address. This kind of bullying offers no respite to the victim. They can be exposed to it 24/7, and it's difficult to escape. Cyberbullying messages and social media posts can be created anonymously, complicating the issue of culpability. Sometimes it may be impossible to tell who's actually doing it. Studies have shown that victims of cyberbullying are more likely to abuse drugs, skip school, get poor grades, and develop mental and physical health problems.
3) Encourage Children to Empathize with Victims
Bullying is primarily a relationship issue. Children often engage in teasing, name-calling, and other minor bullying without quite realizing the harm they’re causing. It can be important to emphasize the way that bullying makes the victim feel.[click to continue...]
Today's university campus is more than just a place to attend classes and conduct laboratory research. Colleges today are almost like a small, self-contained city in their own right. From housing accommodations for students, to amenities like gyms and cafeterias, to places where students can hang out and socialize, it's possible for college students to spend almost 100% of their time on campus. In fact, many of them do.
Over the last few decades, legitimate concerns have been raised about campus safety and security. Incidents like the Virginia Tech tragedy, along with lower-profile crimes like muggings and assaults at night, have drawn attention to the importance of keeping university campuses safe and secure for the students that live and study there. Today, campuses across the country are making an effort to enhance their security, helping students feel safe and protected.
Elements of Campus Security
What makes a campus safe? Many administrators aren't entirely sure how to answer this question, and experts often recommend having a full security assessment conducted by qualified professionals. Campus security is more than good locks and adequate outdoor lighting at night: it’s a holistic undertaking meant to ensure that students are safe, and just as importantly, that they feel safe.
Any campus should have an appropriate number of trained and qualified security or law enforcement personnel on duty at all times. Depending on the size of your institution, you may be required to comply with guidelines associated with the Crime and Awareness Campus Security Act of 1990, which was an amendment to the existing Higher Education Act of 1965.[click to continue...]
Whether it's baseball, football, basketball, or another sport, coaching high school athletic teams certainly has its challenges. If you are just starting out on this rewarding, yet sometimes frustrating, path then these tips will help you get started off on the right foot:
1. Make Sure the Word is Spread for Tryouts
In a high school setting especially, you want to make sure that every kid has an equal opportunity to get on to your team. Be very verbal about your upcoming tryouts, post signs around the school, and ask that it be announced over the PA system. If your school is set up with a school notification system like DialMyCalls, you may even consider sending SMS text messages to the parents to help build up excitement for your team.[click to continue...]
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