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Summer tips & tricks for readers

School is almost out and everyone is excited about the prospect of no more homework. Alas, summer reading is the new homework. For some of your kids that means intensive reading interventions; for others, it means setting an intention to read several days a week. Sometimes, summer reading creates its own intense range of emotions…

Mindful Parent to Teacher Communications – Lessons Learned

Sometimes keeping up on school emails, newsletters, permissions slips, activity sign-ups, announcements, and checking data in the online student tracking system, the Parent Portal, can seem a little overwhelming for parents. As a working mom with two active children in two different schools, I often find myself skimming communications from both schools between running from…

In a Competitive Landscape, Newsletters Are The Best Kept Secret

The School Communications Agency works with many excellent sponsors who help us fund Colorado school initiatives. We value this relationship very much. Sponsorship is an important investment, and we are proud to continue to offer a unique way to reach over 150,000 parents, multiple times per month through our digital newsletter program. As a channel…

Newsletters are Great For Efficient Fundraising

Given the overflow of information in our lives, it can be tempting to romanticize about our life before it went digital. Astoundingly, one research firm concluded that on average, Americans interact with their phones over 2,600 times per day. It’s true, digital connections can be as ephemeral as your phone’s news feed, yet we live…

Data Shows that Funding Drives Achievement

I’ll never forget my first job teaching in the South Side of Chicago. It was gratifying to be making a difference in a community that needed difference makers. There were some limitations, but in teaching you can’t ask for better professional development than to make due with what you’ve got. We used old textbooks, and…

Be Your Own Hero

Below is a funny story about self confidence from author and humorist Harvey Mackay. As you can see from the story, self confidence alone might not get you there, but it is the key to moving forward. Every teacher knows that self confidence goes a long way to improving student performance. Read and enjoy:  A…

Your School Newsletter Is a Great Source for Fund Raising

Your school newsletter is a great way to improve communications, engage parents and create a more informed and involved community willing to contribute to the success of your school. The School Communications Agency has been working with Colorado Schools for over 5 years now and has helped schools raise close to $1 million dollars. That’s…

4 Ways to Connect With Colorado School Parents

Schools have long talked about how best to connect with parents. Do you send them text messages, send a notice home with the students, put it in your school blog, website or newsletter, use robocalls (heaven forbid) or shout it from the school’s roof top? A nephew of mine who is a middle-school Principal told me…

Building Community and Improving Education

  With the recent appointment of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary the question of how best to keep our schools strong (and improve those that are struggling) is the subject of much debate. And while The School Communications Agency does not take sides in the political argument, it seems clear that the future will continue…

Get To Know The School Communications Agency

With 167 schools, 135,000 engaged parents and over $750,000 already given back to schools, The School Communications Agency’s (TSCA) mission is to engage parents and sponsors with quality content through multiple channels delivered how they want it (mobile, paper, email, etc.), plus provide funding that respects the unique needs of each school community. Our goal:…