• CommunicationsPLUS ~ October 2017

    This months issue includes:  Guidelines for safe and effective interactions with students, parents and community members; Internal communications tips to reach staff through mobile devices; The rapidly changing role of the school principal; Why can't schools be run like busineses?; You are not alone: Using communication networks for support, inspiration, and professional growth; Insights for Parents: help your child learn to read

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ June/July 2017

    This months issue includes:  Communicating through video; The important relationship between superintendents and communications staff; Tips for editors; Use an editorial calendar to plan your content and reach your audience; Why and how to form your facilities task force; Insights for Parents

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ May 2017

    This months issue includes: Coaching your way to good writing; Communicating through video: Enhancing and personalizing internal communications; Hey kids, it's show don't tell time!; Modeling civility in an era of hot-button politics; When should you buy advertising?; Insights for Parents: Evaluating contend credibility

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ April 2017

    This months issue includes: Celebrating Successes:  using storytelling to build support and connect with your audience; Key 2017-18 Dates for School Calendars; Maintaining your PR Policies; Sample Graduation Speech; Tips and Tricks of hashtagging#; Insights for parents: Praising your Child

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ March 2017

    This months issue includes: Building networks; Celebrating your successes: Using storytelling to build support and connect with your audience; New year, new trends - and some old ones that are still relevant; Responding during student arrests; Thinking about running for school board? Thank you!; Insights for Parents: Test Tips

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ February 2017

    This months issue includes: Ask, listen, adapt: Using focus groups to inform message, communications and decision-making; Communication tips for staff member arrests; Community engagement builds support for education; Criticism, emotions and what we can learn from middle school; The importance of staff recognition; Insights for Parents:  Media Guidelines for Parents

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ January 2017

    This months issue includes: Advice that really clicks:  how to embed online details; Aligning student discipline practices with school values; How a budget document can help or hurt your school district brand; Increasing the impact of your professional development opportunities: Recognize your school board during School Board Recognition Month; Insights for Parents:  Cyberbullying

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ September 2016

    This months issue includes: Build a strong and transparent public records process; Communicating about threats; Marketing or public relations: Which is more important?; Timetable for school communicaitons/public relations programs; Who are you talking to? Define your audience when you plan your communications; Insights for Parents: The lifelong value of early learning

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ November/December 2016

    This months issue includes: Content for your website and social media; Forming a coalition to prevent teen suicide; Grant writing 101 - Tips for writing a strong and successful grant application, part 2; Late start/Early release days; Responses for weapons at school; Insights for Parents:  The value of positive behavior

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ October 2016

    This months issue includes: Be ready for the allergy watchdog parents; Designing websites for schools; Grant writing 101 - Tips for writing a strong and successful grant application; How communication tools have changed; Here's to You!; Insights for Parents: Understanding Teens

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ August 2016

    This months issue includes: Back-to-school safety communications; Communicating through transitions; Is it time to update your emergency plan?; Planning an event, initiative or special project; Understanding copyright rules; Insights for Parents: Reduce back-to-school stress

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ June/July 2016

    This months issue includes: A united school board builds community trust; Does your team include a communications pro?; Effective social media on a tight budget; How to communicate stranger danger incidents; Ten tips for developing good email habits; Insights for Parents: Tips for Safe, Smart Summer; Bonus summer reading list

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ May 2016

    This months issue includes: Effective staff orientation; Communicating proactively with your community before an election; Tips for graduation speeches; Parent letter templates; What you need to know about changes in federal law - ESSA 

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ March 2016

    This months issue includes: Are You Social? Tips for setting up and using social networks to promote your district; Crafting a social media policy for students; Identify your voters to improve your communications, Understanding voters in your community, Part 2; Key Dates; Stay connected: The Power of networking for school leaders; Insights for Parents: School stress

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ December 2015

    This month's issue includes:  Communicating with Diverse Families; Develop a Strategic Communications Plan to Reach Your Goals; Is your Writing Readable?; What Parents Want From School Communications; Here's to You! Tips for a Healthy New Year; Insights for Parents:  The Importance of Soft Skills

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ November 2015

    This month’s issue includes: Creating a successful social media policy; Hold an open house for calm and fair public involvement; Image isn't everything.  Except when it leads to persistent under-enrollment; Think outside the box to engage volunteers; Update for parents on Common Core and Smarter Balanced; Insights for Parents: Setting limits on screen time.

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ September 2015

    This month's issue includes: Bond Support Starts Before You Have a Bond Plan; Community Engagement Case Study: Fort McMurray Public Schools Tells its Story and Engages Audiences in a Fun Way; How to Work Effectively with a Communications Contractor; Know Your Community, Avoid Controversies and Pass Your Facility Measure; What Do You Say?  How to Shape Your Messages; Insights for Parents:  Balancing your Child's Activity Schedule

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ August 2015

    This month's issue includes: Back To School:  Make It Warm and Welcoming; Lessons Learned: Passing a Bond After a History of Failures Requires A Commitment To Change; Motivating Your Staff; Sports Safety Issues: Involve Your Community And Communicate With Family; Here's To You! Tips To Help Avoid Afternoon Fatigue, Reduce Health Problems From Bad Posture, And Determine Whether To Seek Emergency Help; Insights for Parents: Tips For A Healthy, Successful Year

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ June/July 2015

    This month's issue includes: Effective Communication Tools to Help You Reach Your Parents; Grant Writing 101; Hiring Right: Recommendations For Selecting A PR Professional; Review Your Website and Make Changes To Breathe New Life Into It; Seven Tips For Success As A School Board Member; Insights For Parents:  Critical Thinking Skills

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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ May 2015

    This month's issue includes: Keeping Students Safe Online:  Dealing with Cyber Threats and Cyber Bullying; Public Records are Public How to Handle Requests for Public Information; Sample Graduation Speech; Why a Printed Newsletter is a Useful Tool; Working with the Media: Tell Your Story and Tell it Well; Insights for Parents: Accountability.
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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ April 2015

    This month's issue includes: Brand Journalism: New Approach Tells an Old Story; Dealing with Irate Parents and Difficult Patrons; Radio Isn't Dead.  Don't Forget this Important Communication Tool; Safety Communications; What does Common Core Mean for Schools?; Insights for Parents:  What Parents Need to Know About Gangs.
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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ March 2015

     This month's issue includes: A Dozen Ways to Keep Your Elected Officials in the Loop Year-Round; Don't Let Your Older Voters be Forgotten Demographic; Hiring and Retaining Qualified Candidates; Key 2015-16 Dates for School Calendars; Your Annual PR Check-up: Quick and Easy; Insights for Parents: Standardized Test Tips.
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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ February 2015

    This month's issue includes: Establishing Good Rapport with Your New Reporter; Understanding Our Students' Culture; Using Data-Driven Decision Making to Improve Learning; Winning the Battle to Cover Substitute Slots; Here's to You!  Tips for Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season; Insights for Parents:  Teaching Kids Goal-Setting Skills
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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ January 2015

    This month's issue includes: Creating Institutional Change; Communicating with Diverse Families; Media Tips for Board Members; Teacher Feature: A Fun (and easy) Introduction to your School Staff; Two-way Communication - The Best Way to Connect with Parents; Insights for Parents: College and Career Readiness
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  • CommunicationsPLUS ~ November/December 2014

    This month's issue includes: Bond Information Campaigns on the Cheap; Communications and Governmental Relations; Crisis Communication:  When the Crisis Isn't Yours Alone; Tips for a One-person PR Shop; What Do People Think?  Research Options for Every Budget; Insights for Parents:  Teaching kids About Money

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