Celebrating Parents

Dec 13, 2016

Janice Smith

It’s almost the holiday break, and many of the schools we’ve visited over the past 3 1/2 years have had some sort of holiday performance or celebration with students and families.  And while these are often celebrations of our students (as they should be), this week we want to highlight the opportunities you have here […]

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We're On The Same Team

Nov 14, 2016

Janice Smith

The summer between my first and second year of teaching I decided to adopt a puppy.  I spent all summer training him, and the following fall taking him to Beginner and Intermediate puppy training classes once a week.  And I’ll never forget the first time someone commented on his poor behavior to me.  I immediately […]

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The Art of a Parent Phone Call

Mar 15, 2015

Janice Smith

In the past several weeks we’ve found ourselves in several big-picture conversations about what in the education system will truly change outcomes for kids.  All kids.  A fair question for a company who’s attempting to find the best ways to help schools and networks of schools replicate the results they’re getting through the use of video. […]

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Parent Call Role Play

Apr 21, 2014

Janice Smith

We’ve been interviewing like crazy over the past two months, attempting to demonstrate some of those ‘harder to capture on film’ skills, mindsets and techniques that are contributing to extraordinary student outcomes. Here we asked Ms. Stukes to role play a phone call she might make to a student’s parent.  Luckily she was a great […]

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A Picture Goes a Mile

Mar 27, 2014

Janice Smith

In recent interviews with teachers at each of our Partner Schools, we’ve been asking the question about how they build strong relationships with parents.  Both logistically (how often do you call home?  what gets sent home with students?), but also (possibly even more important), what messages are you intentionally sending to parents that builds STRONG […]

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