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Founder & CEO of VolunteerSpot (www.VolunteerSpot.com)

Thanks for visiting, and for

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Thanks for visiting, and for your comment, Leslie. I hope you give VolunteerSpot a try - if you create an online signup sheet with specific dates you would like parent helpers (weekly readers, math stations, special projects) - and then invite parents to sign up, hopefully they will see a direct spot they can help with and choose it. If most of your parents work, think of a quick activity after drop-off or take-home projects you need help with too. Best of luck!

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Kindergarten teacher

This is a really great blog.

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This is a really great blog. I never thought of doing some of this stuff. I have the hardest time to get parent volunteers and like you said above it is hard to plan. I also don't always know what my parents feel comfortable doing. We send out a parent survey in the beginning of the year but most parents just say to call them, and don't give specific times or days they may be available. I have sent out numerous flyers and parent notes home and a few emails and still get the excuses. I always have the same parents helping over and over again and the rest don't say anything. I am going to think about this blog that you created and try to figure out how i can use it for the future.

From Shanghai, China. A volunteer in Walnut Valley Unified School District.

Parental involvement is of

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Parental involvement is of crucial importance to students' academic achievement performances, as well as the effective development of entire school/school district. Recently, I've read so many reports and articles which focus on the importance of parental engagement. I applaud to the opinion that since parents have their own occupations also, it is unrealistic to call them to participate in school or district-related affairs all the time, we can use multi-media technologies instead to inform them of their kids' latest performances at schools, e.g.: We can tweet them through Twitter, or inform them via E-mails, Google+, or through other useful social medias.

Founder & CEO of VolunteerSpot (www.VolunteerSpot.com)

Thanks for sharing, John! I

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Thanks for sharing, John! I ADORE Matt's innovative work. He's the one who told us about using FaceTime/Skype to have grandparents and parents traveling read to the class - and the kids find the location on the map - double learning experience!

Founder of VocabularySpellingCity.com and Science4Us.com

I heard some of the best

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I heard some of the best ideas on technology and communication in education this week from Matt Gomez's online webinar. He makes Twitter and his class blog the center of many of their activities. "Lets each draw a picture of that cat and then we'll post them on the blog!" Or, "Let's tweet about how much we liked that new book that we read." Pretty soon, all the parents are following the feed and blog. With that level of communication, it should be much easier to solicit parental help whenever and exactly how you need it.

preschool teacher from New York City

Thank you for your post.It

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Thank you for your post.It gave me some great ideas in having my parents be part of my classroom component. Thank you for sharing.

These are such great, helpful

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These are such great, helpful tips!

Everyone benefits when

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Everyone benefits when parents become involved in school life. There are many ways to do this. Most importantly you can support your children by talking to them about school, by encouraging them and by maintaining regular contact with their teachers. Parents involvement is compulsory in my kid's midtown private school.

Founder & CEO of VolunteerSpot (www.VolunteerSpot.com)

Thanks for sharing, Carissa -

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Thanks for sharing, Carissa - helpful resource!

I find that using e-mail

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I find that using e-mail rather than old fashioned newsletters does help me keep in touch and get help from parents. Some of my other teacher friends have found great luck with programs that allow them to text teachers.

Here's my list of some different ways to keep in touch with parents. http://eslcarissa.blogspot.com/2013/09/ways-to-keep-in-touch-with-parent... Once you have established a relationship, I think it is easier to get them to volunteer!

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