For at least the past 2 decades of my 3-decade career as an
educator, “parental involvement” has been regarded as one of the essential
elements of a student’s successful sojourn through his or her K – 12 school experiences.
While serving as principal of K-6 and K-8 schools, I found it necessary to
establish a school team comprised of teachers, school-support personnel, and
parents to develop a mission statement that would include a definitive
statement that focused on engaging parents in their child’s education,
specifically, and the school’s mission, generally. In carrying out the mission
to engage parents we strove to be as creative as possible, given our
understanding of the community. It was no problem to get the majority of
parents involved when it came to curriculum nights, performances, science
fairs, and parent/teacher conferences, but it was extremely challenging to
assist the majority of parents to consistently follow-through on the
time-sensitive responsibilities of submitting documents; and, fundamentally
important, creating a convenient and reliable means of communicating with the
teacher or administration regarding many of the important events and processes
that require parent acknowledgement, feedback, attendance, and/or approval.
Although our mission statement had great intentions to achieve
optimum parental involvement, still we were unable to think of a single
solution that would tie-in our fragmented, multifarious operations that would
make it easy for parents to fulfill their responsibilities when called to do so
and make the parent-service obligations of staff less burdensome.
SchoolCues provides a powerful solution to the age-old
occupational hazards in schools of communication slippage and operational
fragmentation that creates more work, less efficiency, and sporadic
connectivity to the community it serves.
~ Dr. Paul B. Mohr, Jr.