6 steps to make on-boarding to HEARD seamless for your classroom:
▢ Inform your class families. Email your class parents to let them know you’re moving communication to HEARD. Here’s a sample announcement letter you can directly send to your families, or edit as needed.
▢ Enlist Room Parent(s) to Help Manage. Assign room parents to add and remove members, post information you need, and moderate communication on the tool.
▢ Post content before your classroom community joins. Whether it’s a welcome post or photos from a recent event, this content will give your community something to see and engage in when they join.
▢ Provide do's and dont's for posting on HEARD. Here are sample guidelines you can edit and share.
▢ Encourage adoption and participation. In order for HEARD to work effectively, it’s important that the entire community use the platform. Your encouragement can go a long way in making this happen
▢ Contact our team at HEARD to add the content you need:
Add links your classroom uses most. Email our team at email@example.com with links to online content that your community regularly uses -- i.e., school website, lunch menu, handbook, etc. We’ll add these links to a special menu located on the right side of the main feed for easy access and reference.
Integrate your class calendar. If you have a public Google calendar, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to integrate it into the platform’s calendar.
What teachers are posting on HEARD
- Welcome post telling families a little about you
- Encouraging families to create a profile
- "Picture of the Day" or "Weekly Snapshot"
- Classroom highlights
- Home-school connection
- Donors Choose project link
- Request for classroom supplies or volunteers
- Newsletter (use Announcement feature on web platform for rich text editing)
- Student work on the walls
- Links to articles helping families support the work you do in the classroom and see the importance of their involvement
- Field trip updates, photos, recap
- Homework assignment, help or reminder
- Ways families can get involved in the classroom
- Asking families to share any special skills