Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Keeping parents in the loop

Tim Lauer, the principal at Lewis Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, describes how he keeps parents informed by using a blog:
Here's how it works. Each Monday during the school year, I provide teachers with 20 minutes during our staff meeting time, where they can write their weekly post. These posts deal with things such as upcoming field trips, curriculum updates and announcements. The idea is to provide families with 2 - 3 paragraphs of information each week. We created a multi-author weblog called Classroom Notes. We also edited the basic index.html page so that the most recent post by each teacher is displayed on that page.
This looks like a very cool system, and I wish we had something similar here in London. My wife and I are American (I'm also an Irish citizen), but we are permanent residents in Britain, so our five children go through the U.K. schools. The education system here is, needless to say, a bit of a mystery to us, so this would have helped a great deal.

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