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Check out our new website and blog!

As you may have noticed this blog has stopped being updated. That is due to a new website being opened up. You can now find anything you would like to know about ParentEdge at www.parentedge.com. If you would like to find more info on the blog specifically please go here: http://www.parentedge.com/blog/

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ParentEdge Update

At this point ParentEdge just reached the 20,000 text message plateau!  We have now sent out 20,000 text messages to parents with their child’s personalized homework update in the message.  We have also sent out 10,500 emails with even more detailed homework updates!

ParentEdge is currently operating in schools in six different states across the country!  We hope to be adding more in the next few months as we begin to make schools across the country aware of the opportunity that is ParentEdge!

Stay tuned for some new features which will be announced within the next few months for the coming school year!

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ParentEdge is Growing!

We are currently thrilled with the continued growth of ParentEdge®.  Over the past weeks we have added 4 new schools to the ParentEdge system.  In the next several weeks we will be adding 5 more schools to the ParentEdge system!  By being an early adopter of the ParentEdge system these schools are putting themselves on the cutting edge of communication in education today. parentedge - Copy

The schools we now have and will be adding to the system come from a wide range of socioeconomic regions.  It appears ParentEdge works equally well in areas of affluence and poverty.  The reason for this is simple: Everyone wants to see their child succeed in school.  The author of this post has never once had a conversation with a parent who said “I don’t want my child to do well in school.  I’d rather they fail.”  That attitude simply doesn’t exist.  From the wealthiest individual to the poorest individual, everyone wants their children to succeed.  ParentEdge helps make that a reality.  We applaud and thank our early adopters for having the foresight and the vision to reach out to their students’ parents through ParentEdge!

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ParentEdge Update

ParentEdge® is growing fast.  Our initial test school has now sent out 12,040 text messages and 6400 emails to parents over the course of the past two and a half months.  In addition, our much smaller individual test classrooms have sent out 850 texts and 670 emails over the past three months.  We are regularly seeing parents contact us or their school to added to the messaging list for their child’s teacher.  (If you are a parent and would like to be added, please go here)  In addition, we have received feedback from multiple teachers explaining how parents have begun to rely on the message nightly for the valuable information it provides.  If the teachers forget to enter some information they have found that parents call or email asking “where is the ParentEdge update?”  We view this as a very positive thing.  It means that parents are using the messages as intended.  They are making sure their children are staying on top of their academic responsibilities and making school a priority in the home.  That is our goal.  To help parents help their children succeed in school.

ParentEdge really is a way for the school to give back and ensure they are providing parents with valuable information they need to help their children.  When a school signs up for ParentEdge they are indicating to parents and the community that there is significant value in education being a focus at home.  ParentEdge shows that schools are reaching out to parents to help them and to ensure their is an academic focus at home.

In many cases teachers and principals talk with parents about getting involved and being a part of their child’s academic success story.  However, the conversation usually ends there and their is little offer in regards to support.  That isn’t the case for schools using ParentEdge though.  Instead, the principal or the teacher can tell the parents they will be receiving a message every day telling them what their child’s homework is.  This message will come directly to their cell phone so it is easy to access and use.  It doesn’t require extra effort from the parent, it simply shows up at the same time every night.  It bridges the gap between the school and the home.

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Notification for Parents

Parents,

If your child’s school is currently using ParentEdge but you are not signed up to receive the messages there is an easy way to remedy the situation.  Please go here and fill out the form.  You will be added to the list and will begin receiving messages the following day.  If you have any questions at all please email support@schooledgemobile.com for help.

 

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Enjoy spring break!

We want to wish all of our partner schools a safe and happy spring break.  We hope that all of your students and teachers enjoy the time off so they come back to school refreshed and ready to go!  Please be safe and remember to make smart choices!

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Two Weeks of ParentEdge: 2242 Text Messages and 1323 Emails

parentedge - CopyParentEdge has been in service for two weeks at the HC Schaumburg Math and Science Academy.

In that time span 2242 text messages and 1323 emails have been sent out to parents from teachers by ParentEdge! 

These text messages and emails contain information about homework, tests, quizzes, study tips, announcements, and anything and everything that teachers have thought to put in them. We are thrilled with the results to this point in our beta test / pilot program!  The beta test of ParentEdge is open to any schools interested in getting parents more involved.  Check out information for it here.

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New ParentEdge Video!

We’ve added a new video that quickly and easily summarizes what ParentEdge is and how it helps!  Check it out!

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3 questions all parents should be able to answer

It’s hard to talk with your kids about anything once they get to be a certain age it seems.  It can be especially hard to talk with them about school if they are struggling.  Even if you find the right time when they happen to be in an agreeable mood you still need to ask your kids the right questions to make any conversation about school meaningful.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked parents about their child’s study habits, where they do their homework, what time they do their homework, do they worry about tests, etc…  I rarely get an informed answer back.  Now in my opinion that’s not the fault of the parents.  Its more just the reality of teenage life today for kids, they like to keep things private from their parents.  q

What I’ve done here is compile a list of questions that parents should be able to answer about their kids educational life.  If there are some I missed please let me know.  I will be updating this list regularly:

1. When your kid studies for a test, how do they actually do it?

Being able to answer this questions is very important.  Most parents just think, my kid studies and that’s enough.  However, in many cases that studying is perhaps barely taking place or in reality isn’t at all.  Does your kid listen to music while they study? Do they text with friends? (Not always a bad thing depending on the kid. This can lead to some serious help for hard classes.) Do they use their computer while studying? Is the TV on?  Where do they study? Do they use notes? Do they use online tutorials? Are they actually doing the practice problems themselves?  As you can see, there is a lot more to studying than most parents realize.

2. When and where does your child do homework?

A lot of this overlaps with the previous question but it is just as important.  Getting into a positive and regular routine in for doing homework is essential to academic success.  The reality of class today (irregardless of whether you agree with it or not sadly) is that most required classes in school can be passed as long as all the work is completed.  In discussions with many teachers the majority agree that almost all the failures they have are a result of students not completing work instead of doing poorly on assessments.   If you are concerned with your student succeeding in class, ensuring they do their work is very important.

3. What are your child’s personal expectations and what are your expectations for them?

It is very important that these two questions have the same answer.  In reality it is an entirely different blog post which I will cover soon.  I can say though that I’ve witnessed kids who have one view of themselves and their parents who have an entirely different view of their child in school.  This is a very important thing to get on the same page about.  Having expectations differ between parent and child can lead to significant stress and struggle for kids in class.  Whether expectations are high or low they need to be in sync and they need to be realistic.  More to follow on this tomorrow.

This really is just the beginning but these are 3 very important questions you should be able to answer about your child.  Please feel free to share this with others who may benefit from it as well!

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Can increased parent involvement lead to better student behavior?

Lets assume a school is begins using ParentEdge because they want to see their students succeed academically.  They want their parents to get involved everyday with their children’s academic life.  They want that informed, meaningful conversation about school to take place everyday.  The academic benefits from signing up for ParentEdge are seemingly obvious.csroom

However, what about behavior?  We believe that a subtle shift in the academic climate of the school by using ParentEdge could lead to significant benefits on other fronts.  One of those is behavior.

When parents get more involved students will get more focused and take class seriously on regular basis. This increased focus and desire to do well could lead to a significant improvement in student behavior as well.  In most schools the students who are focused and ready to succeed are rarely behavior problems.  In most cases it is the students who are disinterested in class or the students who don’t see any value in their education.  By altering that equation and getting more students to see the value in education through their parents, behavior may improve considerably.

Let us know your thoughts.  I’m very interested to hear if other educators agree or disagree with this idea.

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