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Want a different outcome? Start with communication basics

Communication skills matter. Yet when it comes to our loved ones, sometimes we forget how to do it. Our choice of words, tone, and body language are the difference between productive conversations and the explosive ones where everybody shuts down.   We sometimes forget that our kids, even the teenage variety, are still children. They are…

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…

Changing Traditions and The Death of the Chocolate Santa Clause

The chocolate Santa Clause first poked his head out of my stocking in 1965. All you could see was that shiny, silvery red head just above those glinty Santa eyes. He’s appeared in my stocking every year since then. That’s 48 years of Santa heads peering out at me. There won’t be one there this…

Parent portal got you down?

    Ah, the parent portal!   In theory, it offers you insight into what’s going on in your student’s academic life. The portal tells you whether your student is turning in their homework, doing okay on their tests and quizzes, going to class, etc.  You have all of the information to course correct if things…

Helping Kids Get Organized

We have a guest post on our blog today from Roxanne Turner.  Roxanne is a Board Certified Life Coach with extensive training in ADHD and executive functioning, focusing on the process of getting things done. Today she writes about Organization: Helping kids learn how to organize. Organization! By; Roxanne Turner When I was little, my…

Positive Messages Lead To Positive Results When Advertising to Parents

Sponsors, are you ready for an alarming statistic? According to a recent report conducted by Common Sense Media, kids aged 2-11 are exposed to over 25,000 ads per year. That’s almost 2,100 ads per month. Put another way, that’s an incredible 15 ads per hour. So yes, we truly live in advertising age. While it’s…

Effective School Communications Takes Many Forms

Technology, busy on-the-go parents, the new “mobile world” order, instant information screaming at you through screens and earbuds all conspire to overwhelm you with data. We live in a data rich, information poor environment where it is hard to get your message across when there is so much noise. Today’s K thru 12 schools are…

Reprinting a Message From Outgoing Education Secretary

For our TSCA reader base, who are interested in building community and improving education, this is an article worth reading. ______________________________________________ A Dispatch From the Outgoing U.S. Education Secretary America has the right to a great public education By John B. King Jr.-January 17, 2017 Education is a ladder. Rung by rung, it helps people…

The School Communications Agency’s Holiday Newsletter Ideas

It’s “Tis the Season” time with holiday newsletters, when it is the perfect time to celebrate and share in the spirit of togetherness. As the semester comes to an end, it is a nice time to recognize the many accomplishments of your school staff and students.  A great way to show support and to help…

How to Have a Great School Newsletter

When writing a school newsletter, the word “purpose” plays a significant role.* Many have alluded to the idea that parent newsletters are only sent out to inform the community. While that statement resides true, a successful parent newsletter also consists of three further main components.  These are: Logistics Achievement distribution methods.   Logistics The logistics…