Unfortunately, surface appearances are often deceiving. Citizen, decide to take part in one of these meetings. Supposedly, the job of the facilitator is to be a neutral, non-directing helper to see that the meeting flows smoothly.
Tips for School Administrators and Other School Professionals Are you looking to improve communications between school and home? Do you want to get the media to pay more attention to the good things that are going on in your school?
Do you know how to handle a crisis? Public relations consultant William Harms offers tips for school administrators looking to put their best foot forward. Think your school can't afford to devote resources to public relations?
Think again, says public relations consultant William Harms, who counts among his clients a consortium of 30 independent Chicago schools. Good public relations begins with the cost-free investment of thoughtful evaluation, Harms told Education World.
Before you put financial resources into public relations, consider what the term means: Good public relations is something everyone involved with a school should be practicing every day.
Return Those Calls The biggest public relations budget in the world won't matter if your school projects a poor image in its most basic communications. Before you hire a consultant or a public relations staff person or recruit a parent volunteer, begin improving public relations in your school district by evaluating everyday communications, Harms said.
How are people treated when they call the school? Is the person answering the phone courteous, friendly, and helpful? How well does your voicemail system work? Do callers get led through a frustrating phone maze?
Most important of all, if a caller leaves a message, does the call get returned? How often are meetings held? Are parents and community members notified of meetings well in advance?
Most important, is time allowed for audience discussion? Is the community notified of school events? Are parents given enough notice so they may re-arrange their schedules to attend?
How well do teachers and administrators communicate with parents? Parents Want to Know Communication with parents and the public is essential—and the communication must be meaningful, clear, and engaging. The tricky part is knowing what parents really want to hear and what will be perceived as propaganda.
Parents are astute at knowing the difference," Harms said. For communicating with parents, Harms sees newsletters as primary communication tools. It's not design that people are concerned with, but content," he said.
Whether it's a simple, black and white one-page newsletter printed on paper or a colorful electronic message on the school's website, be sure the information is relevant and timely. Harms related that he once received a beautifully-designed newsletter with irrelevant content—all the events listed had already passed.
As the editor of a newsletter for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Harms said he strives to view the product from a parent's perspective. We know that parents want to know about their children's accomplishments.
And they want to know what's going on with the curriculum but in a way that it relates to their interests. It's always great to share news about a project that students are excited about, for example. Such communication is vital because you can't rely on students to accurately relay what's happening at school—if they tell their parents anything about school at all.May 12, · Self-righteousness can also get things wrong.
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Adler, Ph.D. From The Saturday Review of Literature, July 6, You know you have to read "between the lines" to get the most out of anything.
I want to persuade you to do something equally important in the course of your reading. It is the nature of writers to wonder. We wonder about others and we wonder about ourselves. We even wonder why we write. For most of us the compulsion to write is so ineffable. Thomas L. Friedman, a New York Times Op-Ed columnist, writes about foreign affairs, globalization and technology.
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