Staying in touch with your class room parents and maintaining positive communication is a top priority for every teacher. You can make it easy on yourself and the parents by using modern methods like SMS text messaging regularly. By setting in place clear lines of communication from the start of the school year you can expect a supportive group of parents who are willing to work with you in educating their children. The First Week In order to effectively use SMS text messaging to stay in touch with your student's parents, you will first need to ask for mobile phone numbers. Use open house night at school as your opportunity to first broach the subject of text messaging with the parents and ask that they provide you with the information you need. You will be surprised at the large number of parents who will show enthusiasm for your innovative approach
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
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. Be Firm As much as you may want to be understanding of a families sudden
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.
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. Who is Eligible for E-Rate? Any non-profit public or private school can receive that E-Rate discount as well as non-profit libraries. Priority is given to those schools that are severely behind in communication technologies. In order to determine the amount of discount a school may
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. Our second annual Tweet For Success Scholarship Contest will keep the same Twitter-inspired 140 characters or less entry requirement. Students who are attending college during the upcoming 2014 Fall semester can enter to win one of the four (4) $500 scholarships. This year's contest topic is to, in 140 characters or less, explain the
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
Our first annual Tweet For Success Scholarship Contest has concluded and four lucky students have been sent a $500 scholarship. In just under 2 months, DialMyCalls' first annual Tweet For Success Scholarship Contest took off like wildfire. Over 11,000 college students submitted a Twitter-inspired (140 characters or less) message that explained how advances in technology have helped improve the education system. After hours of debating, the DialMyCalls staff selected four (4) students that will each receive a $500 scholarship to put towards their education. Take a look at the four winners and their tweets below: DialMyCalls.com Tweet For Success Scholarship Contest 2013 Winners: "Advances in technology + Improvements in Education = A World Wide Web of Global Knowledge, & Power at Your Fingertips! #WeAretheJetsons" – Taylor P. "Living in a tech age, all info is ours. My parents went to the library to look through
DialMyCalls is proud to announce that we will be offering four students a scholarship for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. The term "tweet" has become an everyday occurrence in the vocabulary among students who will be attending college this Fall. DialMyCalls has decided to offer an opportunity for four students to win a $500 scholarship for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. The rules are quite simple and any high school graduate that is currently enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university is eligible to enter the contest. To enter our Tweet For Success Scholarship Contest 2013, we are asking students to submit an explanation, in 140 characters or less, on how advances in technology have improved education – follow the@DialMyCalls Twitter account for updates on the contest. (Twitter is NOT required to enter) Do you think you have what it takes to win the 2013 DialMyCalls
Bullying in schools has become an epidemic in the United States as the statistics mentioned below will show – it's time to take a stand and explore a unique method of prevention. Statistical data that has been acquired over the past couple of years depict that bullying in schools is on the rise. Several task forces have been created in an effort to prevent bullying and raise awareness on the emotional, physical and verbal abuse that happens daily while children attempt to receive an education at school. Campaigns such as StopBullying.gov are educating the nation regarding bullying with statistics, warning signs and prevention methods but it still needs to become a more important topic than where it currently stands on the national agenda – bullying is causing irreparable damage to our future generation and it needs to be stopped. DialMyCalls has scoured the internet to gather information regarding
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