In addition to educating, disciplining and caring for children, teachers have the added responsibility of communicating with the parents of their students. As many teachers soon learn, this could be the most difficult part of their job. Parents can be hard to reach and when you do, it is often even harder to get them to commit to a face to face meeting. To get around this, more and more educators are turning to technology to help them get parents involved in their child's education.
What many teachers are finding now is that parents are more responsive to phone calls, text messages and emails then they are to notes sent home. We have all become accustomed to communicating this way, and teachers are learning to use these new methods to their advantage. Try these ideas to help build a strong line of communication with your student's parents:
Start the School Year Off on a Positive Note
A positive message sent home at the beginning of the term will help set the tone for the entire school year. At the end of the first week send out a welcome announcement highlighting how excited you are about the new class of children and some of the projects you have planned during the school year. You can use a school notification service like DialMyCalls to accomplish this easily.[click to continue...]
It is nice to think that your students and parents non-payment of tuition was just an oversight, with busy schedules causing them to forget that the tuition was due. Yet the reality is that it should not be acceptable for any educational institutional to have to wait until it is convenient for the parent to pay the expected tuition fees.
The money collected for student tuition is used to cover all the costs related to educating children and young adults. Most likely already earmarked for expenses such as utility bills or new books, schools are dependent on those fees to stay in business and continue education programs. To ensure prompt payments try implementing policies and procedures that will help to keep the needs of your school at the forefront of the parents and students minds.
As much as you may want to be understanding of a families sudden financial troubles, the truth is everybody could tell a true tale of financial woe if they wanted to. As a college administrator you need to be firm and expect payments on time. As much as you want to be flexible, allowing one parent or student to be late could open the flood gates for requests of extensions.[click to continue...]
Being bullied at school is a threat to a child’s mental and physical health as well as their self-esteem and ability to learn. Their sense of security is threatened as one of the few places where they are supposed to feel safe is now fraught with fear and anxiety. In order to turn this around, children who are the victims of a bully need be able to regain some control over their life.
In the last few years, school bullying has turned from stealing someone’s lunch money, to harmful physical violence. This escalation in the severity of bullying calls for drastic measures on the part of school officials, police officers and parents.
The problem that officials and parents are facing is the reluctance of children to report a bully. It is suggested that this is due to a lack of confidence that the adult will intervene on the victims behalf. Other reasons cited for not reporting a bully included:
- A fear of retaliation, not just by the bully, but by his or her circle of friends
- Shame at their inability to protect themselves
Since 1998 E-Rate has been ensuring that every school-aged child is getting the full benefit of having internet access inside of their schools.
What are E-Rate Discounts?
E-Rate was developed by the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, in 1997 as a way of providing internet access and other modern communication technology to libraries and schools across the nation. Each year $2.25 billion is spent to ensure that every American has the benefit of new information technology.
The E-Rate is able to accomplish this by providing discounts of up to 90% on the tools needed to set up telecommunications and internet access inside schools and libraries.[click to continue...]
We are pleased to announce that our second annual Tweet For Success Scholarship Contest is now live – college students will have a chance at winning one of four (4) $500 scholarships.
Last year when we decided to offer a college scholarship we had no idea that it would be as popular as it was. Over 11,000 students submitted an entry that explained, in 140 character or less, how advances in technology have helped improve the education system – four winners were picked and each received a $500 scholarship to put towards the 2013 Fall semester.[click to continue...]
Each summer, admissions offices in colleges and universities across the country grapple with the loss of admitted students who suddenly change their mind. This can be due to any number of factors. In the past, there was little contact between a college and its upcoming freshman class during the time period between acceptance and enrollment, a custom which is now showing to have a negative impact on new student enrollment in the Fall.
There are a number of factors that could change the mind of a teenager after he or she has committed to your school. You may not have been top choice, and now the top choice has admitted them off of the wait list. Another factor could be financial, as they start to take into account living away from home with little time to find and keep a job. In fact, studies show that potential college students coming from low income households will change their minds about enrolling almost 20% of the time.[click to continue...]
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