From Expected to Effective : Strategies to assess and modify communication efforts that support partnerships with families. Presented by Pamdora Williams LaSPDG Staff. @ laspdg. www.laspdg.org. Considerations.
Presented by Pamdora Williams
Family Engagement Webinars 2013-2014
“People First Language puts the person before the disability and describes what a person has, not who a person is.”
Kathie Snow. (n.d.) A few words about People First Language. Disability is Natural. Retrieved August 1, 2012 from http://www.disabilityisnatural.com/images/PDF/pfl-sh09.pdf
The research is abundantly clear: nothing motivates a child more than when learning is valued by schools and families/community working together in partnership…These forms of [parent] involvement do not happen by accident or even by invitation. They happen by explicit strategic intervention”
-Michael Fullan (1997 a, pp.42-43)
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family engagement – transformation definition
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Family Engagement Transformation Definition
Family engagement is a shared responsibility of families, schools and communities for student learning and achievement; it is continuous from birth to young adulthood; and it occurs across multiple settings where children learn.
Family Engagement definition
A well thought out process involving the entire school community, NOT a series of eventsto involve families….
Family Engagement definition
Family Engagement is the interaction between schools and families and the degree to which families are engaged in the educational lives of their children.
New Discipline Procedures
Conversations in the community
Formal & Informal Communication
Grades & Student Progress
Conversations during arrival and dismissal
Conversations in the office lobby
Emails and text messages
Identify effective strategies to assess and modify communication efforts with families
Also, tools, resources & promising practices to support your work!
Communication is a message sent and a message received
Which is the largest contributor to the communication gap for your families?
“We have always maintained that you never see our best work: it is what we do ahead of time to prevent the firestorm.
Use good communication to keep yourself out of trouble, so you don’t have to use it to mop up the mess!”
Why School Communication Matters, pg. 59
A communication plan is a framework of goals, strategies and activities.
Schools/districts would use a communication plan when it’s time to disseminate information about a program or procedures and/or influence the behavior/practices of families and community on the behalf of the school.
Four areas to addressin a plan
Home visits, “each one, take one”, communication
system that fits the families’ needs
(for some students and families)
Individual conferences as needed, written communications addressing specific concerns, communication in families everyday language,…
Teachers plan for all families
Newsletters, website, parent teacher conferences, grade book
“We appreciate knowing that there are adequate opportunities for us to express our concerns and opinionsabout important issues impacting school.”
“Whenever I express my concerns and opinions, I know that they are seriously consideredby school and district leaders.”
Using the Chat Pod…
share how you think the following written communication could be transformed from expected to effective?
“At Child-First Elementary, we hold attendance and punctuality to class as a fundamental priority in providing a sound educational experience for all inhabitants of our school. The OAT is responsible for processing all attendance and tardiness issues. Students parents, and guardians are responsible for directing such issues to OAT. Both habitual and unusual or catastrophic circumstances can all be effectively monitored and processed through OAT….”
POLL:Are your families aware of ways they can support their child at home?
Yes or No
Use a planning framework for communicating almost any topic with families!
Assessing communication efforts will:
Which is the preferred method of communication according to families?
How parents want to communicate with school
Communicate feedback with the stakeholders!
To view example questions/stems visit
Will be discussed during February 5, 2014 webinar
A parent responds…..
Family Engagement Webinars on Demand !!!
Getting your school organized for Family and Community Engagement [FACE] _ Series
Let's FACE It! Part 1
Let's FACE It! Part 2
Engaging Families of Elementary Students
Engaging Families of Middle & High School Students
Enhancing Partnerships with Families
Anne Henderson: Let's Go Beyond The Bake Sale
Communication with Families
Building Home-School Partnerships
Making Student and School Data Accessible and Meaningful to Families
Using Technology to Improve Academic Success
Language Used in the Homes
My Dialect, My Identity
Dialect or Disorder
Note: If you are on the district leadership team, this information will be useful in completing your district’s LASPDG 5 Year Plan
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