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Category: Community Outreach

February Newsletter: Efficiency vs Effectiveness

February 6, 2017

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From the Podcast: How To Spot A Great School At A Glance

January 18, 2017

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From the Podcast: Don’t Hunker in Your Bunker

September 19, 2016

We’ve talked time and time again about the key component of crisis communication is to already have a communications plan in place and a good relationship with your community so they’ll trust you when an emergency hits. This week we’re talking with Dr. Joe Clark, Superintendent of Nordonia Schools in Northfield, Ohio, about leadership and communications when a crisis hits.

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From the Podcast: Building a “Crowdstruction” Movement

September 13, 2016

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Report Defines Educational Value of Schools

September 6, 2016

QP Media Release Fall 2016
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The Quality Profile Made Easy

August 30, 2016

The Quality Profile Made Easy
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From the Podcast: Grassroots Campaigning for Your Ballot Issues

August 29, 2016

This week’s guest is Susan Mahler from Mahler Strategic Consulting. Her work with Ohio Schools to build effective grassroots campaigns to pass levy issues has earned her a winning reputation as a strategic authority in education and campaigns.

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From the Podcast: Grassroots How To

August 24, 2016

This week, we’re talking with Mike Klein about creating grassroots programs that can affect real change for students. Mike is a former member of the New Albany Schools School Board and the creator of the grassroots movement, Eagle Pride Victory Club.

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How great school districts boost home prices

How Good School Districts Help the Local Economy and Real Estate Pricing / from CBS News / Allerton Hill Consulting for School Communications

August 17, 2016

“You’ve heard that location is the most important thing to consider when buying a home? New research says that may be true only if that location happens to be in a good school district. Homes in the best districts sell faster and for nearly 50 percent more than the average house.

A study by Realtor.com looked at all open real estate listings at the end of July and compared listing prices in school districts that commanded the top two ratings from GreatSchools.org. The result was noteworthy.

Homes in great school districts — ranking a 9 or 10 on Great School’s 10-point scale — commanded an average price of $400,000 compared with the national median price of $269,000. Homes in poor school districts sold at a near 16 percent discount to the national median price, or $225,000 on average, according to the study.”

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Summer Break

July 28, 2016

Finals are over, swimming pools have opened, and school books have been tossed aside – it is officially summer. However, the thought of summer break can evoke many different reactions. To students it may mean months of freedom and neglect of their educational materials. For parents, it may mean finding ways to fill free time. However, for many teachers and school districts there is no real break, but instead an opportunity to stay connected with students, parents, and the community, and prevent a lapse in learning. Even with students away from school, there are several ways to keep them reading and learning, which seeks to benefit all parties come August. Additionally, it is to the benefit of the school district that it stays active in the community and upholds a positive image of a district that is truly caring and involved.

Firstly, it is essential for schools to keep in touch. Without regular information being passed along to students directly from their teachers, utilizing mailing systems and social media becomes even more important. Sending out newsletters to student households is a great way to give out tips on retaining last year’s lessons, preparing for back-to-school, or sending updates on programs that the school may be hosting. Most importantly, creating a consistent presence is a comfort to parents as well, and will not go unnoticed during future levy campaigns. The same can be said for a presence on social media, keeping the district more accessible and up-to-date.

Secondly, schools can benefit from being more involved as well. Most cities or towns have an influx of parades, fairs, family days, and other public events in the summer months. These are perfect opportunities to make the school district one with the community and reach out to families and students. Giving out tips on reading retention, holding book drives, book giveaways, or even tabling with fun math based games or science experiments encourages parents to keep their children mentally engaged and garners trust in the school. However, districts don’t need to wait for an event to be active; a public library or even the school itself can provide further opportunities for involvement. The library is the perfect place for one or all of the reading centered events previously described. Furthermore, an even simpler solution to fighting the reading lapse could be allowing students to rent books from the school library throughout the summer as well.

Summer break shouldn’t be seen as freedom from education, but time to engage. When a school district utilizes these months wisely, the benefits are seen throughout. Students come back to school better prepared, parents are happy that their children are busy and their schools involved, and the responsibility of teachers to make up for months of neglect is lessened. Ahead is a brighter school year with strengthened relations and trust between the school and the community.

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