August Advocacy: tips for parent engagement
A Web Presence
Participate in your schools website. I was really impressed with this music teacher's contribution to his schools website. This is the link so you can check it out too.
Power of the Pen
Write a handwritten encouraging note for each child before the end of the quarter. This would mean I would write something for 2 and sometimes 3 students per class. I am going to create a printed postcard with a generic message, and personalize with a handwritten comment.
Create a blog
On the blog you can introduce yourself and keep your parents updated on the things your are teaching in class, as well as upcoming performance opportunities. You can add pictures, songs, activities and more.
Positive parent communication is key at the beginning of the school year.
Create a phone message to all parents in your school (our school district has parent link) to introduce your special areas team. Each area can say something to welcome the families and express their joy in having the students back at school.
Contribute to your schools Newsletter every month. Keep music in the mix of what's happening on your campus and in your community.