Five strategies we can implement immediately to improve our school community relations... ...a plan

1. Tweet

The principal can develop her twitter account as a means to amplify the educational initiatives underway at our school. Start with pinpoint focus on our relationship with Harvard and Project Zero, and our efforts to create a culture of thinking. She could tweet about thinking routines, teacher training, and evidence of thinking and learning on the walls of our school.

Here is an example of a principal who tweets: https://twitter.com/paulabaxter67

It is a friendly, informal way to keep people informed.

Our principal could also tweet links to relevant articles to help parents understand new initiatives. This is a friendly, informal way to educate our community. (example below)

Or finally, tweet links to blogs explaining what is happening. Here is an example of a blog for our French speakers

2. Use our Television Feed

We have televisions placed all around our school. Two of them are on the ground floor facing the entrance, so they are the first thing people see as they enter the building. These present a wonderful opportunity to communicate with the people entering our building; the core of our community.

3. Invite parents in for an informal coffee morning

This is an informal way to connect with parents as they drop off their children for school. If parents know that the principal is available every week at the same time, they are more likely to drop in and engage. The principal could invite representatives from various departments to come along sometimes and informally share how initiatives are progressing in their departments.

4. Host an open house

I created these posters with QR codes that link to videos of regular things, happening regular days in the various areas around the school. These can be place in the public areas, so as guest visit during the school day, they can experience the school without disrupting classes.

5. Write articles for the local paper

We have a wonderful English edition of the local paper; produced specifically for the expat community our school also serves. it would the perfect vehicle for articles relating to the work going on right now in relation to creating a culture of thinking. We mistakenly have our communications department do all of our publications. The fact that these are not being written by an educator makes for most of our press being about events rather than initiatives.

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