Successful Parent Communications with Remind

Educator demonstrates successful communication with parents/guardians.
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About this Micro-credential

Note: This micro-credential requires the use of the Remind messaging app.

Key Method

Educator creates and implements a parent/guardian communications plan using Remind’s
safe, accessible messaging technology to help achieve an identified student-centered objective.

Method Components

Educator designs and implements a text messaging communication plan using any combination of Remind’s messaging options (announcements, attachments, 2-way messaging, translations, and media or voice clips) to facilitate a student-centered objective, and then reflects on the process and outcomes of the communication(s) to demonstrate his/her competence.

For more information about using Remind’s messaging app for teachers and parents in your school or classroom, see the Resources section below.

Identify a student-centered objective that you would like to focus on.

Some examples of student-centered objectives are:

  • Decrease John Smith’s absentee rate during the month of March.
  • Connect with parents to encourage better out-of-school study habits and improve homework quality.
  • Engage parents in better understanding student dispositions required for success in Common Core math.

Design/Create a parent/guardian communication plan using a messaging application

  • An effective communication plan should include action steps, an implementation timeline, expected outcomes, and planned follow-up or intervention if anticipated results are not achieved.

Implement the plan in an instructional setting.

  • Implementation linked to your student objective may include any type of Remind messaging (announcements, attachments, 2-way messaging, translations, and media or voice clips) and any number of messages, over the course of a period you determine, that leads to expected plan outcomes. Implementation will conclude with a reflection of the efficacy of your plan.

Suggested implementation strategies for student-focused communications with parents/guardians

Note: All of these strategies are possible through the Remind messaging application (see resources section)

  • Design and use messaging to parents to improve attendance for individual or multiple students.
  • Initiate contact around student behavior, performance, or success with parents who are linguistically diverse or difficult to reach.
  • Implement messaging to drive parental support around student performance on upcoming assessments.
  • Send communications to increase parents’ awareness and support of homework practices.
  • Send communications to increase parents’ awareness of academic content demands and share practices to support student learning.

Research & Resources

Supporting Research

These studies show that frequent, quality teacher-parent/guardian communication increases parent/guardian involvement and positively impacts student outcomes. Encouraging parental/guardian involvement in students’ success requires thoughtful planning to identify opportunities and develop communications for support and implementation.

  • York, Benjamin N., and Susanna Loeb. One Step at a Time: The Effects of an Early Literacy Text Messaging Program for Parents of Preschoolers. Working paper no. 20659. Cambridge: National Bureau of Economic Research, 2014. Web.
    http://cepa.stanford.edu/
  • Kraft, Matthew A.; Rogers, Todd. The Underutilized Potential of Teacher-to-Parent Communication: Evidence from a Field Experiment. Economics of Education Review 47 (2015): 49-63.
    http://bit.ly/1URl5cy
  • Epstein, Joyce L.; Sanders, Mavis G.; Simon, Beth S.; Salinas, Karen Clark; Jansorn, Natalie Rodriguez; Van Voorhis, Frances L. “A Comprehensive Framework.” School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action. Second Edition. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press, 2002. Print.
    http://www.corwin.com/upm-data/6799_epstein_ch_1.pdf

Resources

Remind Resources

Remind is a free messaging app that lets you send quick, simple messages to any device.

https://www.remind.com

Flanagan, Linda. “What Can Be Done To Improve Parent-Teacher Communication?”
http://bit.ly/1SbQstI

What Parents Want in School Communication
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/parent-involvement-survey-anne-obrien

Berdik, Chris. “can u fix education w/ txts?”
http://hechingerreport.org/can-u-fix-education-w-txts

PSEA Parent Involvement Strategies
http://bit.ly/21L5HyN

Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

The following are items you must submit to earn this micro-credential. To earn this micro-credential, you must earn a passing evaluation for Parts 1 and 3 and a “Yes” for Part 2.

Part 1. Communications Plan Overview

(300-word limit)

Identify the student-centered objective and explain why you chose this objective. Include any additional information that provides context for the objective (such as a predominance of English language learners, recent implementation of new curricula/standards, new site or district initiatives, etc.)

Articulate the expected outcome(s) of the communication and planned follow-up or intervention if results are not achieved.

Part 2. Work Examples/artifacts

(200-word limit for the summary – message text is exempt from a word limit.)

Please submit the communication plan, including action steps, timeline, and artifacts of the messaging text implemented as part of the parent communication plan. Also include a summary of the responses and feedback your communication received, both in-product (return messages or stamps) and via other channels, to demonstrate the intended impact of the communication plan.

Work examples/artifacts may include:

  • A transcript of message text for messages that have already been sent.
    Note: A PDF transcript of your message history and attachments in Remind can be accessed by clicking the link below:
    https://www.remind.com/settings/export
  • Action steps and timeline presented in an easily read format such as a list or table
  • Summary of any responses and their tone/focus

Note: Please ensure that submitted message histories, responses, or attachments do not identify students or parents/guardians.

Part 3. Educator reflection

(300-word limit)

Submit a reflection on the communication activity and evidence above. Use the following questions as guidance:

  • What was the impact of the implemented communication plan? Note the communication’s successes, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Was there follow-up to the communication? If yes, what was the follow-up and its impact? If you plan additional follow-up but have not yet implemented it, summarize its content and intended impact.
  • Are there changes you would make? If yes, how would you modify a communication plan to help achieve a student-centered objective?

Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under:
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Requirements

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