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COLORED TEXT BOX: Ensuring that everyone can partner in student success requires overcoming the bottlenecks and structural barriers to communication between families who share a school.  
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'''Ensuring that everyone in a school can partner in student success requires overcoming structural barriers to communication between the families who share a school.  
  
With parents and administrators at the K-8 Healey School in Somerville, we've been working toward a toolkit of tools and strategies for schoolwide communication that reaches all families across lines of language, income, background, and tech access/training.  
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With parents, teachers, staff, and administrators at the K-8 Healey School in Somerville, we've been working toward a toolkit of tools and strategies for schoolwide communication that reaches all families across lines of language, income, background, and tech access/training.  
  
LINK TO FULL DIAGRAM HERE?
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In particular, we've been working on improving the [["infrastructure" for low-cost translation and interpretation in a school|"infrastructure" for low-cost translation and interpretation in a multilingual school.]] We've been developing a [[Parent connector network]], where bilingual parents use phones, [[Google forms]], and a [[hotline]] we made, to help get information to and input from immigrant and low-income families. A [[multilingual coffee hour]] is part of the infrastructure too!
  
In particular, we've been working on improving the [["infrastructure" for low-cost translation and interpretation in a school|"infrastructure" for low-cost translation and interpretation in a multilingual school.]] See the [[Parent connector network]], where bilingual parents use phones, [[Google forms]], and a [[hotline]] we made, to help get information to and input from immigrant and low-income families. A [[multilingual coffee hour]] is part of the infrastructure too!
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Other tools include a [[wiki]] for school reform notes, and our partners in the PTA are beginning to work on training parents on email and getting everyone on a common listserv (one program within the school has long used a listserv successfully).  
  
Other tools include a [[wiki]] for school reform notes, and our partners in the PTA are beginning to work on [[training parents on email]] and getting everyone on a common listserv (one program within the school has long used a listserv successfully). Some other experiments: more visual [[calendaring]].
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We began this work by holding Reading Nights and parent dialogues at the Healey in 2009-10.  
  
We've decided to describe our full set of schoolwide communication efforts on the [[Parent Connector Network]] page, since that was the outcome of our 2009-11 efforts. See the [[wiki]] page for a discussion of that additional tool!
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'''We've decided to describe our full set of schoolwide communication efforts on the [[Parent Connector Network]] page, since that was the outcome of our 2009-11 efforts.

Revision as of 10:51, 9 August 2011

Ensuring that everyone in a school can partner in student success requires overcoming structural barriers to communication between the families who share a school.

With parents, teachers, staff, and administrators at the K-8 Healey School in Somerville, we've been working toward a toolkit of tools and strategies for schoolwide communication that reaches all families across lines of language, income, background, and tech access/training.

In particular, we've been working on improving the "infrastructure" for low-cost translation and interpretation in a multilingual school. We've been developing a Parent connector network, where bilingual parents use phones, Google forms, and a hotline we made, to help get information to and input from immigrant and low-income families. A multilingual coffee hour is part of the infrastructure too!

Other tools include a wiki for school reform notes, and our partners in the PTA are beginning to work on training parents on email and getting everyone on a common listserv (one program within the school has long used a listserv successfully).

We began this work by holding Reading Nights and parent dialogues at the Healey in 2009-10.

We've decided to describe our full set of schoolwide communication efforts on the Parent Connector Network page, since that was the outcome of our 2009-11 efforts.