Dropbox Burlington High School Principal's Blog: Communication With Burlington High School As we approach the last days of summers and our students are just a few days away from returning, I thought it a good time to remind everyone that a major goal for us at BHS is our communication with community members. As we work at continuing to improve our communication with staff, students, families, and members of the greater BHS community I wanted to share some of the ways that you can stay on top of what is going on at BHS and also communicate with us if you need to.Email/Phone: My email is email@example.com and phone number is 781.273.7662 - please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.. All other staff emails and phone numbers can be found through our staff directory. The BHS Principal's Blog and Twitter Account We will continue to utilize the BHS Principal's Blog and twitter account as the main sources of communication on news from our school. You can follow the news and updates from BHS on the Burlington High Twitter Account and BHS Athletic Twitter Account
iCatcher! (a podcast catcher app) After a Year Teaching High School, Tony Danza Says We Owe Educators an Apology - Education Don't be surprised if the nation's teachers start a fan club for actor Tony Danza. Unlike the countless policy makers and talking heads who offer up suggestions for improving education without ever teaching a day in their lives, during the 2009-2010 school year the actor ditched Hollywood for a gig teaching tenth grade English at Northeast High School in Philadelphia. Now Danza's written a book, I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had, about the experience. What's Danza apologizing for? During his year in the classroom, Danza dealt with the tough challenges so many teachers face: Over 60 percent of Northeast's majority minority student population are economically disadvantaged and the year Danza taught only 58 percent of his eleventh graders scored proficient in English on the state test. What teachers need parents to do, says Danza, is "persuade their sons and daughters to take part in their own education."
Stitcher Radio Tips for Engaging Parents this School Year It’s that time again for many of us worldwide to start the new school year! This time of year is very exciting, but also comes with new challenges. One of the most important challenges of the school year is how to engage parents. Larry Ferlazzo, author of Building Parent Engagement in Schools, points out that while many schools involve parents they rarely engage parents. Begin the Conversation Instead of having parents sign a syllabus with difficult language try sending a personalized email. I use a blanket email I copy and paste but the first two sentences always say something along the lines of, “Dear Mr. Set-up an Online Parent Community Set-up a community for your parents to communicate with you and other parents. These communities allow parents to post updates to calendars, share resources, find homework that is posted easily, and so much more. Keep Parents Active Partnerships work best when we help each other. Invite Parents to a Workshop Share Your Ideas