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School-to-Parent Notification Tools Achieve ESSA Compliance & Parent Engagement

By Dr. David Holbrook | October 26, 2016

As the United States seeks to enforce more competitive academic standards while continuing to increase populations who speak English as a Second Language, the way educators and communities interact to support students is rapidly changing. As of December 2015, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has come to a close, and the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA)—the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—will take its place during the 2017-2018 school year.

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Strategies for Achieving Efficient and Effective Parent Communications

By Dr. David Holbrook | October 21, 2016

Running a school district is not without challenges. In addition to the standard dynamics of running a large organization, administrators have the responsibility of communicating across diverse languages to promote student engagement and retention, all while remaining compliant with civil rights and federal education laws.

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ESSA: Oct. 1 deadline for McKinney-Vento related parent notices. TransACT adds new documents and adopts “plain language” notices to enhance parent engagement.

By Dr. David Holbrook | October 18, 2016

The 2016-2017 school year is a transition year between the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which goes into full effect in 2017-2018. The first implementation deadline was October 1, 2016, and it related to communication regarding students and families experiencing homelessness. To prepare districts for the new laws, TransACT has created new documents, and made a significant change to their existing collection. 

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4 Ways to Support Student Success Initiatives by Bridging the Gap between School and Home

By Dr. David Holbrook | September 29, 2016

The gold standard of a successful educational environment is one in which parents and teachers work towards aligned goals, the students have the latest technology at their fingertips both at school and at home, and communication between parties is welcomed and encouraged.

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Recent changes to the Parent Notices product menu

By Alyssa Thornley | September 29, 2016

Current customers now have access to a small but important change to their Parent Notices document navigation menu. The “All Documents” menu is located at the top left-hand side of your screen after you login, and is where subscribers go to navigate from one document collection to the next.

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Preparing for ESSA Compliance: What districts can do now to support communicating in multiple languages

By Dr. David Holbrook | September 19, 2016

As an education professional, you have no doubt heard about the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA — the reauthorization to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that was signed into law in December of 2015.

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Top 5 Most Important Parent Notices for the Beginning of the School Year

By Dr. David Holbrook | September 18, 2016

There is a lot to organize at the beginning of the school year, but the 2017-2018 brings an additional level of chaos with the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Here is a list of the most important forms to have updated in line with ESSA requirements, and available in a language that families can understand:

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ESSA National Advisory Board (NAB) Expands ESEA Parent Notice Collection

By Dr. David Holbrook | September 18, 2016

The TransACT ESSA National Advisory Board (NAB) was formed in March this year. The purpose of the ESSA NAB is to identify the parent notices that are required, necessary, and allowable to implement the mandates of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and to help craft and review the content of these notices. The first meeting of the ESSA NAB was in March and today we have nearly 50 State and District education leaders participating in this work to ensure that our parent notices are comprehensive, up-to-date, legally compliant, and aligned to ESSA requirements.

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District Obligations to ESL Students

By Dr. David Holbrook | September 6, 2016

Immigration is changing education in the United States.  Public school districts are seeing increased enrollments of English Second Language (ESL) students, and the upward trend is expected to continue. As these trends have shifted, so too has the federal government’s role, with mandates that make school districts responsible for providing the best educational services possible to one and all.

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Hidden Translation Risks: Limitations of school notification translators

By Dr. David Holbrook | September 1, 2016

As an education professional, we understand that you are committed to communicating effectively with your students and their families to support student success. Not only that, you’re aware of the legal obligations of presenting information in a language that all parents understand, including those of Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. After all, your goal is to build trust, share information, and show that you care about all students in your district  — regardless of which language they speak.

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