Can parental engagement be improved in schools?
School administrators are busy: The front desk is swamped.
Teachers are overworked: There is only so much the school staff and teachers can do to help keep the parents engaged.
School websites don’t seem to get the parent’s attention either: Parents are overwhelmed juggling their personal, social and professional lives with the added distractions of Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, and television to go along with while trying to keep up with the school activities.
AND, school budgets are tight and getting tighter by the day: Where does school engagement rank in the busy parent’s hierarchy of priorities?
This begs the question: Should parental engagement be a school entitlement?
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This is an interesting and timely question coming from several schools who have reached out to us over the past few weeks. Over 80% of schools prominently display their school calendar and school events on their websites and the information is available for the general public. In addition to providing existing parents an easy way to find out what’s happening in the school on a daily basis, school calendars are also used for marketing to prospective parents. The timing of the question is especially
relevant with all the attention given to school communications and parental engagement.
If a school is a private enterprise, should the general public be privy to school calendar information including daily school activities and events? Calendars help drive parental engagement, however, how much school information is too much to disclose to the outside world, especially if it pertains to the child’s school? Should the privacy of the child and the classrom be considered when displaying current school information on website calendars?
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– Dr. S, SchoolCues