Get families engaged with learning

This year, perhaps more than ever before, teachers need all the right tools—FREE, easy-to-use and powerful tools—to encourage parent engagement.

Better academic achievement is only one of the positive outcomes when parents engage in learning. Increased student confidence and motivation for learning are also big benefits. 

Whether you’re in the classroom or teaching remotely, it’s likely that this year there will be more communication to and from home. Studies show that parents are worried about their child’s education, and also trying to make time and effort to support them at home. Since you’re probably juggling more than ever before, it’s important to find the right tools that empower students to do the work (and upload it!) and support parents to engage more—without more work for you.

Try these 4 parent engagement strategies to help cultivate and strengthen parent partnerships:
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1. Get to know parents early in the school year!

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In FreshGrade Connect, make a welcome post and ask parents and students to say hi and introduce themselves—via video, audio clip, Google doc, or photos. It’ll help you get to know them, and it’s a fun way to introduce how simple it is to use FreshGrade Connect.
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2. Easily engage, even if you’re working at different times
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Post your COVID-19 safety guidelines or remote classroom plans for parents and students to see—and ask them to comment. In FreshGrade Connect, commenting is a fast, easy way for students, parents, and teachers to engage whenever it’s most convenient.
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3. Create opportunities for collaborative homework
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One of FreshGrade’s teachers recently created an activity that asked students to go for a walk with a family member and post (via photos, video, etc.) about the plants and animals they saw outside. Set up an activity with family involvement to encourage communication and opportunities for learning together.
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4. Give parents good news
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For parents who have only been involved in negative interactions with teachers and schools, take time to share the positives. With FreshGrade, it’s easy and fast to create frequent, short posts and activities to help make families feel connected. Take a minute to send out daily “good morning” posts. Change them up by using an audio clip, a video, or a photo. Have your students comment to check in so everyone feels part of your learning community.
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It’s easier than ever for families to get engaged with their child’s learning. Sign in FREE to FreshGrade Connect and experience the platform that was built to help meaningful, timely connection.
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