Earlier this year, I posted about Langley principal Chris Wejr’s presentation to the BCCPAC’s spring conference about new ways for schools to communicate with parents. I noted that Wejr has taken extraordinary steps to connect with his parent community via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and blogging. He urged parents to talk to their school principals if their home-school communications are still stuck at the printed newsletter stage.
Parents who want to do that should take a look at an article by Wejr on the same topic in the latest edition of Education Canada*. It’s headlined How to Use Social Media to Connect with Parents and reads:
“We are in a new era of parent communication and it is time to move beyond the newsletter to a more interactive and engaging approach. By using technology to meet parents where they are and participate in dialogue around their child’s education, we can build community and effective relationships both online and in person
His article, which includes tips for schools just getting started, can be found here.
*Education Canada is published by the Canadian Education Association. Wejr, principal at James Hill elementary, is a member of the editorial board, as am I. The other British Columbian on the board is Heidi Hass Gable, a technology consultant, parent advocate and former president of the Coquitlam District Parent Advisory Council.
I am a guest blogger for BCCPAC and do not speak for the organization.