Ideas for School Newsletters

There are variety of tips, links, resources and activities here to include in your school newsletters or put on your school websites. Topics include communicating with parents about art and math, the 5 talk moves, everyday math, growth mindsets, math skills for the 21st century, and many more.   They are all to support the Ministry’s focus in math all over the province.  They also looking to build this repository through contributions from Boards, so check back often, as there will be new things added.


Here are 2 PDFs from the Ontario Ministry of Education regarding courageous conversations.  The first one is from the Ideas into Action series and focuses on the Ontario Leadership Framework as well as the 5 core capacities for Administrators.  The second one is a tip sheet for Principals and Vice Principals regarding performance appraisals and provides examples of effective questions.


– Ministry of Education, New Zealand

This website comes from the New Zealand Ministry of Education and is for School Leaders.  There are many different links provided as a guide for “Managing your school” and one of these is effective communication.  Once within this tab, are topics such as In-school communication, as well as ideas for connecting with your school community.  They have included an overview, things to consider and things to try.

Toward Better Communication

This report comes from British Columbia.  It deals with issue parents’ face when it comes to their school community.  What I liked about this was it has a topic, an issue, and ideas from parents.  For example,  TOPIC: Parents want more frequent updates and discussion about their child’s learning. ISSUES: Traditional report cards are a snapshot into the past. Too often, parents find report cards difficult to understand and reporting inconsistent. IDEAS from PARENTS: · Many parents have asked if districts could introduce online portfolios, as is already happening in some schools. This could provide parents with more insight into their child’s learning and a better understanding of what their child is working on – in real time. · Create more flexible face-to-face options for parents to meet with teachers about their child’s learning — informal and on-going not just during report card time.