Posts by Kym Reinstadler, SCN Feature Writer

19 tech tools recommended by in-the-trenches communicators

Identifying best practices and new trends are reasons enough to network with others in your field. Networking generates ideas for  fresh new ways of doing things, which can result in a competitive edge, as well as a more vibrant and valuable social circle. Because of the nice response to the recent summer reading suggestions sent in by a…

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School communicators can battle the “summer slide” too!

It happens at the end of every school year. Teachers dutifully send students home for summer break. Then school communicators begin spreading the word about the dreaded “summer slide” in reading skills and encourage parents and children to schedule reading time together and visit their local library early and often. Now with this uptick in leisure hours, it’s time to ask…

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Cornerstones of a rock-solid graduation speech

Some treat. For reporters on the education beat, the reward for sitting through a year’s worth board of education meetings that contain a lot of back-patting — but not much news — is covering graduation. During the decades I was writing for a newspaper, I routinely covered five or six high school and college graduations…

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29 steps to a better school

Solid ground. Teaching and learning is the terra firma of what happens in schools. But the topsoil – the nutrient-dense surface layer – is found in the growth-stimulating relationships that develop between educators and students. That’s why I wanted to devote a follow-up blog post to Kelly Middleton and Elizabeth Petitt’s second book, “Simply the Best: 29…

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What will make your schools become the choice of choosers?

It’s his cornerstone. As another academic year winds down, at least one superintendent is making sure students leave for summer break feeling like they already have a bond with the teacher they will have next fall. “Sneak-Peak” or “Move Up” Day is part of a Customer Service 101 approach to running schools championed by Kelly Middleton,…

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