Communications

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Families & the Community 3 Signs That Schools Are Sending the Wrong Message About Attendance
How schools communicate attendance policies can affect how parents report absences and whether students are motivated to show up.
Evie Blad, March 24, 2023
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Families & the Community Engaging Latino Parents: One District's Success Story
Schools need to set up systems that make participation possible, advocates say.
Sarah Schwartz, March 8, 2023
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Student Well-Being Districts, Here's How to Alert Families of Medicaid Changes That Could Affect Millions of Students
Students could lose Medicaid coverage due to paperwork issues. Use these new tools to help them stay enrolled.
Evie Blad, March 2, 2023
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A woman comforts her son while visiting a makeshift memorial outside Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, Calif., Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Authorities searched for a motive for the gunman who killed multiple people at the ballroom dance studio during Lunar New Year celebrations.
A woman comforts her son while visiting a memorial outside the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, Calif., two days after a gunman killed 11 people and injured several others as they celebrated Lunar New Year.
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School Climate & Safety How a Superintendent Urged Parents to Discuss Gun Violence With Their Kids
The leader of the school district that serves Monterey Park, Calif., encouraged parents not to "let the TV do the talking."
Caitlynn Peetz, January 24, 2023
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School & District Management 3 Tips to Build Trust Between School Boards and the Public
Here's how school boards can improve ways of interacting with parents and the community.
Evie Blad, January 19, 2023
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Guns safes sit against a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash.
Guns safes sit against a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash.<br/>
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Student Well-Being More School Districts Are Informing Parents of Firearm Storage Responsibilities
Districts across the country are pledging to distribute information about gun safety.
Caitlynn Peetz, December 30, 2022
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School & District Management How to Reset School District Priorities After a Long First Semester
Consistency about the big-picture focus can be grounding, superintendents say.
Caitlynn Peetz, December 20, 2022
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School & District Management Learn to Talk to Each Other Again: 4 Tips for Schools
Schools can play a vital role in helping all of us begin talking to each other again in more civil, meaningful ways.
Kevin Bushweller, December 6, 2022
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Student Well-Being Flu, Colds, RSV: How Schools Can Help Keep Kids Healthy as Illness Increases This Winter
Drawing on lessons from the pandemic, schools can invest in air filtration and other tried-and-true health measures.
Caitlynn Peetz, December 6, 2022
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School & District Management Video Tools Don't Have to Distract. Five Tips Show School Leaders How to Harness Them
Newsletters and announcements don’t always do the trick. Principals can use videos to improve their relationships with students.
Denisa R. Superville, December 2, 2022
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School & District Management Someone Spread an Unfounded Rumor About Your School. Here's What to Do Next
Hoaxes have become more pervasive as political tensions rise in schools.
Libby Stanford, November 30, 2022
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School & District Management Litter Boxes in Schools: How a Disruptive and Demeaning Hoax Frustrated School Leaders
A hoax claiming that schools were providing litter boxes to students wasted school leaders' time as they worked to debunk it.
Libby Stanford, November 29, 2022
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School & District Management Opinion Pursue School Improvement Through Persuasion, Not Vilification
Neither haranguing opponents nor talking solely to the like-minded is likely to change minds or locate common ground.
Rick Hess, November 28, 2022
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School & District Management 3 Ways to Optimize School Staff Surveys
Practical tips to get teachers and other staff to respond and use their feedback effectively.
Elizabeth Heubeck, November 18, 2022
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