This blog post is part of our Guide to Family Partnerships, based on the stories we collected while assembling our 2016–2017 Impact Report.

An encouraging message, sent at the right moment, can make a world of difference. Unfortunately, positive messages are often the first item to get bumped lower on a teacher’s priority list, and for good reason: hectic schedules make it hard to prioritize authentic, of-the-moment outreach to any but the neediest students.

“Normally I wait until a Friday to call, but if things are going well for a student, I only reach out every other Friday,” says Ms. P, a Bronx middle school teacher.

Educator perspectives on how Kinvolved helps

KiNVO allows teachers to quickly and easily send multiple messages, which means positive communication can become part of a teacher’s daily routine.

“We spend lot of time focusing on not-so-great things that kids are doing, so great kids in great moments get looked over,” says Ms. S., a high school teacher. With KiNVO’s help, Ms. S. set a goal to be “equally communicative when students are doing right thing,” and it made a big difference for parents. She recalls, “One mother said, ‘Wow, this made my day.’”

Teachers also use KiNVO’s real-time messaging to reinforce positive behavior. Bronx teacher Ms. E says, “If I have a student who is doing extremely well, right there in middle of class I will text their parents. That sort of communication is more meaningful than calling a few days later.”

Other teachers, like Mr. K, use KiNVO to keep students invested: “I tell them, if you maintain your focus, we’ll send a text together right now.” He describes this as “another tool in my toolbox to keep students motivated.”

Putting it into practice

Here’s a teacher tip for making positive communications part of the daily routine:

  • Schedule for students timely reminder messages for regularly occurring events, like weekly quizzes, to keep relevant ideas fresh in their minds. Pro-tip:
    • KiNVO pro tip: Send an encouraging message to parents the night before an event, offering a positive reminder for students and parents to prepare: “I can’t wait for {{student}} to rock out his math test tomorrow.”

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