For K-12 schools, parents are a big part of your school ecosystem. We’re often asked about what our parent access is like in Chalkup, as well as what the right balance of access looks like.
Well, the right balance of parent access and communication could look different from school to school (although we've never heard of a parent feeling like their child's school was communicating too much). We’ve had positive experiences leveraging the below features in a school-wide messaging system to keep parents engaged and in the loop.
The first and most obvious feature we recommend is an admin-to-parent messaging structure. Simply put: have a streamlined process for reaching parents fast. Perhaps this is an email list or a specialized group within a more advanced messaging system. Admins and teachers should have an uncomplicated way to get in touch with one parent - or all parents - as needed.
We’ve received positive feedback on our parent accounts at Chalkup, so it’s a tool we’d recommend to any school trying to better incorporate parents into the mix.
In Chalkup Pro, parents can sign up for an account and they will be connected to their student’s classes. In this role, they’ll be able to see what’s happening and get updates on assigned work. This means mom and dad will know when tests are happening and how many hours of homework their child has. They’ll also know what assignments have been pushed out and whether or not their student has turned their homework in.
A key difference in Chalkup parent accounts is that parents do not get grade notifications. This eliminates the potential that a parent would know a grade before their student, and it puts the onus on the child to report back to their parents on how they're doing.
The idea is that a parent cannot control the student’s account in any way or contribute to student work, but they can have a bird’s-eye view of what’s going on in their child's classroom. Everyone stays in the loop and parents have enough information to get the conversation started with a teacher - or their child - about their student's performance.