SURVEY: Improving School Communication

August 31, 2008 at 1:36 pm 2 comments

I’m working with a couple other neighborhood parents to gather input about school communication.  Clearly some schools do it better than others and we want to get some ideas on the best things schools are practicing, along with some of the blatant screw-ups (certainly more fun to rant about.)  The hope is to give feedback to our school/s with some ideas for facilitating communication.  And to find ways that WE can help THEM give us more of what we need.  Short of web-cams in all classrooms and hourly text messages, there are ways to build the bridge between the admin/teachers and parents.  Can you help us by sharing your experiences?

Think about your interactions with the administration – i.e. the office staff and secretaries, teachers, principal and assistant principal, the lunchroom staff, janitors, the nurse, social worker, etc.

Think about the steps involved – what it’s like when you call or visit the office, inquire about something or set up an appointment… maybe you need to pick up your child early one day or for an emergency, or you simply have a question about an event coming up.  Any and all instances of contact are fair game!


We’d love input on the following 3 questions… 

1 – Think about a great experience in communicating with your child’s school administration… what was the situation/which people were involved/how did it play out?

2 – Think about a poor and/or frustrating experience in communicating with the administration. Again, describe the situation, people and outcome.

3 – Finally, what are your thoughts on how to make communication with the administration/teachers effective and helpful for this coming school year? What might you or the school do differently?


Entry filed under: CPS.

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  • 1. Scooby_Snacks  |  September 3, 2008 at 11:41 am

    The best schools have administrations that bend over backward to communicate – some principals operate under the knowledge is power model – and choose to keep even the most basic info from parents. The first step is a newsletter that goes home periodically – a website site would be even better.

    I was encouraged that our principal met parents outside on the first day – knowing the parents and being accessible for a 5 minute chat before or after school can mitigate so many problems.

    In an ideal world each teacher would have their own class website which would keep parents up to date. At the very least every teacher should have and respond to email. Sadly this is still not the norm at CPS.

    Good luck this year on the LSC !!!

  • 2. amy  |  September 19, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    This is not related to school communication, but pertains to one aspect of CPS and how departments communicate with one another, or fail to do so. Long story short is that almost 6 years ago I was teaching at a CPS school and went on my maternity leave. During leave, my principal informed me that I was being replaced ( I had not been “assigned”, so supposedly she could do this??) I didn’t return to the classroom, bu instead signed up to sub, in order to keep and pay into benefits for the remainder of the school year. This week I wen to the Board of Ed to start subbing for this year and the person who processed my paperwork said that I would be allowed to sub while on my maternity leave. Somehow, 6 years later, I was still in the system as an employee. Last year they even paid me some money for vacation time! Of course I called to try and resolve the situation, but no one was able to help me give the money back. obviously someone dropped the ball one or two times with my paperwork. And sometimes new teachers work a whole month before they get things sorted out with payroll. Is it a wonder that CPS often has problems with retaining teachers.
    I start subbing next week………..

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