Shared Pride, Shared Partnership: Meaningful Parent Communications in Jewish Early Childhood - Shared screen with speaker view
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Janet Sear Board of Jewish Education
Ellen from jewish academy of orlando
Michelle Gold, Baltimore, MD
Leah- Yes you are on mute
—The magic is in the sharing of pride and partnership.
Parent Facebook Group (not school page)
Focuses on COMMUNITY (relational) not SCHOOL AS INSTITUTION (transactional)
Hi Leah, will share at jparadigm.org/webinars beginning tomorrow!
Feel free to post any clarifying questions as we go — happy to answer.
What are examples of shared responsibility for shared goals in your school or work?
It can be hard to anticipate these types of communications families would value until you know them well.
—Storytelling is “Showing the impact through the narrative.”
—What is the bigger context of this smaller item.
—Comes back to building sense of trust and investment.
Adena- Yes, it will be shared on jparadigm.org
It's all about relationships!
—Style: One adult speaking to another.
—From bigger context to a specific look at this project
—Introduced to a story that is emblematic of the larger context and mission.
—Getting to the impact moment at the end—with the photo of the two children smiling together.
—Illustrates everything that this class and this teacher is trying to do. Shows the growth of the children in powerful and accessible way.
—Great storytelling gives your audience 2+2 rather than four. More engaging. Doesn’t give punchline away.
—Makes the parent say, “This is why I signed up. This is a place where…”
Very mature language to describe what’s happening and skills being developed. Could be describing an MBA. (Using this language can build a lot of trust with those parents who are focused on achievement)
—Relationships built on frequency and depth. As part of this, the little drips of communication feed that relationships. Looking for the good—more often. Being positive and specific—frequently.
Chip and Dan Heath talk about this noting positive moments (pride) in their book The Power of Moments.
Leslie - YES! (And she’s ready to bring home the new book!)
—Moves from transactional to relational through a story.
This is a technique I use in calls too!
—How will we tell the story of all of our cleaning? Let’s make it simple, positive, and specific. See fig. A ;)
—Surprise and delight
—Builds a sense of trust
Great example of formal vs. informal approach to communicating the same information and trust.
—The more we infuse that informality and shared humanity, the more we can build trust
@Gena, recording and slide deck will be up tomorrow at jparadigm.org/webinars ; will live there indefinitely!
OOOOH, the next cocktail party ……….!
“Evergreen content” — relevant and interesting at anytime. Many blog posts also can be evergreen content, and you can link to it or refer to it anytime.
Love the idea of evergreen content
Can prep them and have them ready, too!
—“An invitation to share the things that your child loves”
Building a culture of shared responsibility and being on the same team invites parents to be active
@Leslie, great call!!
The New Zealand story model is amazing
5 principles: Communication is child-centric (but not child-ish).Demonstrated shared responsibility for shared goals.Live the mission through storytelling.Be positive and specific.The expertise is in the framing.
With parents not coming inside because of covid and dropping off at the gate, how does the communication change?
Hi @Nellie, our colleague Heidi Kitchen, formerly of Temple Emanuel in Dallas, recommends this book: Learning Stories: Constructing Learner Identities in Early Education by Margaret Carr & Wendy Lee
we use an app called brightwheel. it is user friendly and allows for quick communication that feels less formal, but also protects teachers from having to text from the phone and could replaces some of the casual conversations that happen at drop off and pick up.
—My daughter is back in her Jewish ECE now. We have prized moments where the teacher brings her to the car. In the Corona era, this is a critical moment of engagement and trust building.
(Since we are not going into the classrooms)
And pix become even more vital. especially real time.
—Feels like “recess for parents”
—Building heart-centered places to be
—Informal and relational while demonstrating your expertise and your mission. Applying this in new media.
Our parents enjoy "joining" their children for Shabbat Sing
—What does this moment allow us that wouldn’t be possible normally that would produce a net gain?
—Take the places where you are comfortable: translate them into your digital communications.
—How? Focus on your DNA.
—Every cell in your body has the same DNA. The way that is expressed is different in different parts of your body.
—Warmth, amazement, love
Nurturing, warmth, relationships over time (longer than a year)
Truly knowing children
Acceptance of differences
Excitement for learning
Warmth, excitement for learning
warmth, relationships compassion
emotionally responsible especially to parents of infants
(These are aspirational): allowing time and space for different perspectives and actually valuing them for their differences.
—How is what we communicate touching the aspirations of the families? Where we meet they is where we are going together.
—If there is no change, it is not a story
Speak it first. Love that!
—Professional but still inviting!
—Layout matters, especially on mobile. Headings. Bullets. Attention economy.
—Need more than words and full sentences and dense paragraphs.
—Many fewer words. And visuals are key!
Thanks for the inspiring evening!
so helpful— thank you!
Thank you so so much, this is inspiring me to share with faculty in the next several weeks.
Thanks! This was enlightening to elevate my parent communication.
Thank you so much