ParentSquare Is An Easy To Use Communication Platform Driving Parent and Caretaker Engagement
Several studies have concluded that students who’s parents or caretakers are involved in their education, are more successful in school. But in a time where technology is at our disposal, good tools for parent engagement and involvement are hard to come by.
The adults in a student’s life are always busy. That’s equally said for parents, caretakers and teachers. That’s why the best tools for parental and caretaker involvement are the easiest to use. Enter ParentSquare.
Communication goes well beyond email, messages and chats. Anytime information needs to flow in either direction, it’s communicated, but often times we forget this simple concept. So in the day to day world of K-12 education, assignment due dates, pot luck sign ups, volunteer signups, testing updates, maternity updates, now curriculum updates, heck even an air conditioner malfunction are all pieces of information that need to flow to the parents and caregivers.
Sometimes these communications are ideal for quick messages and notifications. Other times, it needs to be more interactive, like a message board or a Facebook post. That Thanksgiving Pot Luck dinner for instance, if it’s shared through ParentSquare where parents can comment on it, they can easily make sure amongst themselves that there’s only one Turkey and three things of rolls.
But ParentSquare is so much more than that.
Parents can use it to keep teachers up to date with what’s going on in their kids lives. Maybe Jenny has a hard orthodontist appointment next Thursday, her parents can send a message to the teacher and then a reminder.
When parents and caretakers can communicate directly with the teachers and administrators at the school, it’s less likely messages go misunderstood. Take a Spelling Bee for instance. ParentSquare uses this as an example in this video. Now if Timmy was to come home and verbally tell his parents about the spelling bee it may sound like this “Mom there’s a spelling bee next Friday, you have to come and if I don’t do it I could fail”. When in fact the Spelling Bee is optional, parents don’t have to participate and it’s during PE.
ParentSquare is easy for room parents and PTAs. There’s a quick sign up feature that means parents can sign up for things they want to participate in. Leaving less headaches for the teacher.
ParentSquare is the central hub for all school related interactions. It’s just as valuable a tool to administrators as it is to parents, caretakers and faculty. With that, ParentSquare just added Administrative True Reach Dashboards, which will show administrators exactly how many parents their communications are reaching. Undoubtedly there will be some parents and families that don’t receive text or email messages. ParentSquare can help identify those hard to reach families and administrators can develop other ways to communicate with them They may choose to send notes home to these families or set up somewhat regular conferences.
When it comes to communication in the classroom and the school community, ParentSquare has thought of everything.
You can check out ParentSquare here at parentsquare.com