When I think about connecting, I think about building relationships and communicating. These two things are reliant on the other in order to be effective. These are both two things that I've always tried to make a priority as a school leader.
A big part of building those relationships is done via my attempt through a consistent stream of communication. That being said, I need to do a better job of soliciting feedback re. my communication. Is it too much? Am I communicating the information that my parents, families, and other stakeholders are seeking?
The following list is a sampling of some of the platforms that I've used for communication:
- A school Facebook page, a school Twitter handle, and a school Instagram account. I try to share at least one thing, daily, on these platforms.
- A hashtag (#RocketsRock) to organize all of our Tweets and social media posts
- Digital signage that streams in our office for all of our guests to see
- I am going to attempt to utilize Storify (this week, yet) to share our social media posts with our families that don't utilize social media
- I create a newsletter via Smore and send it out to families, every-other week
- In the past I have used Remind to send families text messages
- Birthday Selfies with students on their birthdays - thanks Brad Gustafson!
- #GoodNewsCallOfTheDay - thanks Mark French!
These are things that kids go home talking about. And when kids go home talking positively about you that is proof that 1) you've made a connection with a student, which then proves that 2) you've given yourself the benefit of the doubt with parents due to the connection that you've made with their child(ren).
Relationships + Communication = Connections