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Spring 2021 Release: Advanced Reporting for Easier Parent and Family Engagement Compliance in TransACT ParentNotices

By Alyssa Thornley | May 11, 2021

TransACT ParentNotices is parent engagement software that is used by school districts and state departments of education to support compliant and equitable parent engagement. Subscribers of ParentNotices have access to over 200 different expertly written and translated notices that have been legally reviewed where applicable for compliance with federal education laws. ParentNotices supports administrators in a compliant parent engagement plan and can serve as evidence of implementation in the event of a state monitoring visit.  

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Funding Can Help Schools Transition with New Technology During the Pandemic

By Paige Kummer | March 11, 2021

Parent and family engagement is not just a buzzword. It's an essential task for schools, parents, and families.   

During the COVID-19 pandemic, disruption to routines is occurring as schools blend remote and in-classroom learning. Schools can't always efficiently conduct learning assessments online; students are often less engaged with online learning and teachers are caught between two worlds, switching teaching methods for those in the classroom and online.

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How Technology Enables ESSA Parent and Family Engagement Communication Compliance

By Paige Kummer | January 29, 2021

Family engagement in children’s academic lives produces numerous benefits for the student and the school. A focus on parent engagement can spur profound changes in classrooms. Involved parents often yield more positive experiences for everyone in the school system. Schools excel when parents support learning and classroom rules at home.

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New Languages Available for ESSA Parent Notices

By Dr. David Holbrook | November 5, 2020

To meet federal and civil rights requirements, school administrators must provide parent communications in a language parents can understand. Administrators are specifically required to meet these communication requirements for the top 5 languages in their district.

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What Schools Need to Look for in a Parent Communication App

By Paige Kummer | October 27, 2020

School administrators recognize that effective communication translates to stronger parent and family engagement, which countless studies have correlated with positive educational outcomes and better classroom behavior. One-third of administrators say effective school-to-home communication is a top issue in their district. School districts are tasked with improving parent and family engagement, while also complying with federal education laws like the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

As they seek to remove communication obstacles and improve family engagement, school districts are investing in parent communication apps. Determining the best fit from the countless solutions on the market can prove challenging.  When searching for a parent communication app, school districts should look for these key features.

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How to Support Compliance With Federal Parent Communication Laws

By Paige Kummer | October 15, 2020

The student populations of school districts have become increasingly diverse in recent years, and as a result, parent communications and engagement laws have also changed. In order to remain compliant, school districts must adhere to federal education law requirements such as those detailed in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and in Civil Rights case law.

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Mobile-Friendly Parent-School Communications For All Learning Models

By Alyssa Thornley | August 28, 2020

TransACT's ParentNotices software platform, used by school districts and state departments of education to enable compliant and equitable parent engagement, has launched a significant upgrade to support schools in touchless and paperless engagement. Communication requirements as set forth by ESEA (ESSA) and Civil Rights are required regardless of learning model selected by schools, districts, and states during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The upgrades and enhancements support districts in meeting complex federal requirements for parent and family engagement and uphold central district policies for communication with parents while simultaneously increasing a parent's ability to respond to the school, district, and in some cases state. The latest release includes:

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Eliminating Obstacles to Effective Parent-Teacher Communication

By Paige Kummer | July 1, 2020

Effective school-to-home communication is proven to positively impact academic and emotional outcomes for students. Evidence shows that students with involved families are more engaged in the classroom and more likely to succeed academically.

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Leading The Way In Modern Parent Engagement Software

By Paige Kummer | February 10, 2020

Supporting parent and family engagement compliance with a mobile-centric, secure, trackable, integrated, and inclusive update to our software. 

We are launching significantly enhanced features and capabilities to the TransACT® ParentNotices interface. This is the next step in our overall mission to provide state departments of education, school district administrators, and local teachers with the latest technology to help manage compliance with parent and family engagement laws under ESSA, Section 504, and IDEA, as well as in service to students and families throughout our communities. 

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Why Mobile-Friendly Parent Engagement Belongs In Your School Communications Plan

By Paige Kummer | February 4, 2020

Student achievement is the goal of any effective parent-school communications plan. Students perform better when parents and families play an active role in their education, and student outcomes across the district improve as a result of increased parent and family engagement. In an increasingly digital world, the method of delivery for parent communications (paper, email, portal, native apps, or text messaging) can have a surprising impact on parent engagement, and also equity initiatives within the district.

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