Engaging Parents – What is your school doing?

Stay with me for a bit of background information, and you may find a great opportunity for your school in today’s post.

Last year, Microsoft worked with four schools all over England to create a series of videos and case studies that described how these schools tackled nine different areas of school reform, such as change management, student experience,isp learning outcomes, use of ICT, and so forth.

The schools that were featured have gotten a good deal of attention since the launch of these videos. Former Minister for Schools Jim Knight used one of these videos to open the BETT Show in London last January and personally wrote each of the schools a letter thanking them for their participation in the project. They are featured on Microsoft’s worldwide Innovative Schools Web site, and are shown to education audiences all over the world. The schools have all gotten visits from Microsoft executives, government officials, teachers and school leaders from many other countries.

We’re launching a new project with the DCSF to showcase schools who are using technology in innovative ways to engage parents in their children’s learning. As a part of this project, we will be creating a new set of video case studies and supporting materials with a new set of example schools. We are in the process of selecting these schools right now, and rather than go to the same schools we work with all the time, we thought we’d ask you – What is YOUR school doing?

If you think your schools is doing creative things using ICT to better involve parents, let us know! Email me (you should have this address memorised by now) at kriwea@microsoft.com and tell me what you’re doing.

For a look at the videos we created last year, visit our Innovative Schools web site.

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