Parents expect timely, accurate, and straight-forward communication
As parents, we have to put a high level of trust in our educators. They’re with our children eight hours a day, five days a week – they’re responsible for educating them, keeping them safe, and helping them navigate the struggles of socializing in the school setting.
In the real world, communication is one of the most important aspects of our daily lives. Communication allows us to be successful at work, schedule our days, and maintain healthy relationships with our friends and family. Why should our public education system be any different?
Having managed a parent and guardian group for more than a year, Craig has heard the same complaints from many parents and guardians: “I don’t feel like I understand these district announcements,” “I don’t know what’s going on in the classroom,” or, “I wasn’t informed of this event.” Craig believes that communication should be transparent and frequent on all levels; from the teachers, the campus administrators, and the district administrators. That’s why he has volunteered so much time to recapping board meetings, updating parents on district announcements, and helping parents understand policies.
But it shouldn’t fall on volunteers to make sure parents are informed. Craig will work to improve communications at all levels. He believes that communications should be well organized, easy to find, and straightforward. With a background in marketing and communications, Craig will help make recommendations to the district on tools and communication channels to improve communication and engagement to all stakeholders. He’d like to see video content with simple explanations of important topics, the standardization of teacher-to-parent communication, and host townhalls with open parent discussions.