As an urban school one of the difficult aspects of leading is preventing summer slide and competing with the resources and activities available to our more affluent colleagues’ schools. As schools of choice, charter schools and perhaps an impending voucher system for every state proliferate standing out and competing becomes more difficult. Helping to prevent summer slide is one way we can help our students stay even with their neighbors. These three etools can help you stay connected with your families and give them the power to compete.
My guess is your school already has a Facebook account. If it doesn’t start one. According to Facebook stats,Facebook has the largest number of users between 25 and 35. That is a prime age for beginning families. Use FB Live to remind families to read to their kids. Have your students “friend” your school page so you can consistently deliver messages and challenges to them. Use the comment section to provide links to articles students may find interesting and have them leave their own comment. If you’re really brave and you’re at a high school engage in discussions around social justice and community politics.
What is it that you do particularly well. It might be playing ball or chess or maybe you like playing the drums or gardening. Whatever it is write a blog post or an article highlighting your hidden talents. Basically you want to give your students something to read. You have an email list. In marketing this is one of the most valuable commodities because it give you direct access to your families. Use that list to share your content. Parents often don’t know what to get their kids to read. It’s probably no surprise to you how interested your students would be in you as a person.
With a Youtube channel you are once again providing an opportunity for students and families to engage with and learn from you. Create one or two minute video shorts where you’re discussing something as simple as current events. Use the opportunity to ask questions. If you’re an elementary principal you could use this time to read to your students. Again use that valuable email and phone list and let your parents know where you are on social media. If they don’t have time to read to their children maybe you do. The best part about this is you can create a little storytime video library for your students.
With the power of etools you have the ability to impact student learning during the summer. Using these etools in a systematic way will expose your students to new learning opportunities that they may not otherwise have access to. Not only that, for those parents that are working two and three jobs you’re taking something off of their plate and giving them what they need.
What are some other ways to support educational leaders prevent summer slide in economically challenged schools? Share your tips in the comment section below.
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