Schoolwide communication toolkit

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.

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.

LINK TO FULL DIAGRAM HERE?

In particular, we've been working on improving the "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!

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've decided to describe our full set of schoolwide communication efforts on the Parent Connector Network page, since that was the endpoint of our 2009-11 efforts. See the wiki page for a discussion of that additional tool!