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Supporting Regents with KiNVO

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High school students in New York State take Regents Exams to assess their mastery of New York State Learning Standards. To graduate from high school, students must pass exams in five subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Global History, and U.S. History and Government. Students may also earn an Advanced Regents diploma if they pass additional exams in Mathematics, Science and a foreign language. For the winter term this year, Regents take place between Tuesday, January 24, and Friday, January 27. Learn more about Regents Exams and New York City high school graduation requirements.  

How can you use KiNVO by Kinvolved to support your school during Regents week? Here are some guidelines for how you can engage with students and families before, during, and after Regents Week.

Prepping for Regents:

  • Use KiNVO to send out reminders about the upcoming Regents study sessions and test dates so that parents also emphasize to their children the importance of studying and getting a good night’s rest.
  • Filter messages by grade level to send grade-level specific messages.
  • Teachers and administrators can take advantage of our note recording feature to organize next steps and strategies.

During Regents Week:

  • Continue to send reminders about the dates and times of the exams.
  • Send positive messages! Encourage parents to keep up the good work.

Post Regents Week:

  • Show gratitude to parents! Send a school wide thank you message, congratulating all families and students on successfully getting through the testing period.
  • Send personalized messages to parents who were especially active in ensuring that their student does well on the exam.

We hope that KiNVO can ease the stress of Regents Week for teachers, administrators, parents, and students. How else are you encouraging positivity this testing period? Share your ideas by commenting below, or on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram!

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Good luck testing!

Preventing Holiday Absences

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The end of the year is quickly approaching. Students and teachers are finalizing class projects, and families are organizing how to spend the holidays. The weather worsens, and colder temperatures and snow inhibit traveling to and from school. Unfortunately, every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after winter break.

Although one absence here and there does not seem to make a big impact, absences add up to months of missed learning time. This is true in any grade. Here are some tips on how teachers and administrators can encourage attendance this holiday season:

  • Send out a letter before and after the longer winter break urging families and students to avoid absences. Attendance Works offers a sample letter that positively highlights the tolls that absenteeism takes on achievement in both English and Spanish.
  • The Los Angeles Unified School district has successfully implemented some of the following ideas:
  1. Plan an event that will bring families, students, and teachers together. “This can be an awards assembly, holiday program, or a service opportunity.”
  2. Engage students in community action, with anything from a food-bank distribution, toy drive, or winter coat closet. Encourage participation by organizing competitions between different grade levels to see who collects the most donations!
  3. Give a recognition award to the classroom with the best attendance before and after the holidays.
  4. Organize an assembly where you recognize the 10 students from each grade with the best attendance during the week before and after winter break.
  5. Create lesson plans for teachers in early December that stress the importance of attendance.
  6. Develop a seasonal theme such as:
    1. Celebrating a Season of Good Attendance
    2. Giving the Gift of Attendance
    3. On the First Day of Attendance My Teacher Gave to Me
    4. Stuffing our Stockings with Good Attendance
    5. Good Attendance is Coming to Town

Make sure to take advantage of Kinvo by Kinvolved to promote these ideas! With our new picture messaging feature, you could send a flyer with bullet points from the sample letter by Attendance Works. You can also send quick, translated messages reminding families of these events.

What are you doing to encourage attendance during the holidays? Share your ideas with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

New to Kinvo? Contact us to learn more.

Breaking Down Language Barriers

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As you have probably heard already, Kinvo by Kinvolved is hosting a series of webinars this November. Our first webinar on how to record attendance was a success and we were excited to see an even bigger turnout this past week. If you missed it, make sure to read our blog on positive parent communication and sign up for the next one TODAY, Monday, November 14 at 3pm (RSVP here), which will discuss how to break down language barriers with a few clicks.

Webinars are only 30 minutes long, because we know our users have busy schedules. If you have a conflict, read on for some easy guidelines to follow on this topic!

At Kinvolved, we remain committed to improving student attendance rates through real-time communication between schools and families. Last week we discussed how research confirms that attendance and parent engagement go hand in hand, but this isn’t possible if parents and teachers face language barriers. As the number of immigrant students nationwide increases, and school communities continue to welcome families from diverse backgrounds, we heard and felt that this translation feature was essential to better achieve this goal. We have had this feature on our radar since last year, and are so excited that it’s finally live!

Users can now set a parent language preference by navigating to a student’s profile page, and clicking on the “Manage Contacts” button. Next, select the parent contact’s language preference from the “Primary language other than English” dropdown. There are over fifty language options to make sure we helping you enable communication for everyone. Now, if you write a message in English and send to a parent contact, they will receive the message in their preferred language. When they reply in their native language, you’ll receive their response in English!

Coming soon: functionality to mass update parent language preference. Stay tuned!

Still have questions? RSVP to one of our four webinars!

Know someone who needs Kinvo? Contact us for more information!

And, as always, we encourage you to share our product on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram!

Positive Parent Communication

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Kinvo by Kinvolved is hosting a series of webinars this November. We had a successful kickoff with a webinar on how to record attendance on both our web and mobile app. If you missed it, make sure to sign up for the next one on Tuesday, November 8 at 3pm (RSVP here), in which  we will be discussing positive parent communication. Webinars are only 30 minutes long, because we know our users have busy schedules. If you have a conflict, read on for some easy guidelines to follow on this topic!

Research confirms that attendance and parent engagement go hand in hand. In fact, the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory found, “When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.” Despite this proven correlation, the unfortunate reality is that nearly half of American parents underestimate the harm of school absences.

These misconceptions lead to uninformed decision making and a lack of urgency. Chronic absence is not a result of indolent parents, but parent engagement is a defining factor. Researchers from Harvard Kennedy School and Goldman School of Public Policy, A. Feller and T. Rogers, explain, “parents of low-income and minority students are often viewed as a contributing cause of student failure…this ‘deficit’ view of parents hinders educational innovation, especially for K-12 students. An “asset” view of parents instead unlocks new interventions that empower parents as partners in improving student outcomes.” If parents are not informed partners in this work, they will not be able to advocate for their children’s needs. Parental involvement is a crucial piece of solving the chronic absenteeism puzzle.

This is where Kinvo by Kinvolved can come in. Now that you are an expert in recording attendance on Kinvo, here are some tips to engage parents to make sure their students are attending class. With Kinvo, teachers can instantly inform parents about absenteeism and lateness via a text message or email. If you are in a rush, use our default absent/late messages, or choose from your library of frequently used messages. With our new translation feature you can overcome previous language barriers, and translate all attendance messages in real-time!

 

Teachers can also communicate with parents about other topics relevant to student success, such as grades, behavior, and school events. It’s particularly important not to overlook the power in a simple, positive message letting a parent know that his or her child had a good day! Teachers can mark whether a message they are sending is “positive” or “needs improvement.” Administrators can then download reports to monitor the trends at their schools — they can see the number of absent, late, uncategorized, positive, and needs improvement messages sent per parent, teacher, and at the school level. The goal is to have a 5:1 ratio, which means that for every one negative message, there must be five positive messages to ensure strong relationships with families.

We know that less time sending out reminders translates to more time working with students and collaborating with colleagues, so using Kinvo, teachers and administrators are more efficient by messaging groups of contacts even an entire class’ contacts in the same amount of time it takes just to message one.

A powerful relationship can start with a simple text message. We encourage our Kinvo community users to engage families in a positive manner and track their efforts. The teacher or administrator who sends the most positive messages during the month of November will receive a Kinvo t-shirt, stickers, and pens!

Still have questions? RSVP to one of our four webinars!

Know someone who needs Kinvo? Contact us for more information!

And, as always, we encourage you to share our product on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram!

Comment below to let us know which webinar most excites you! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Attendance Recording on Mobile and Web

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Kinvo by Kinvolved is hosting a series of webinars this November. We are excited to kick off the series with a webinar on how to record attendance on both our web and mobile app.

As the holiday season approaches, attendance rates may start to dwindle. Tune in on Tuesday, November 1 at 3pm (RSVP here), to learn how to get the most out of our attendance recording feature!

Webinars are only 30 minutes long, but we know our teachers have busy schedules. If you have a conflict, read on for some easy guidelines to follow.

In the 2013-2014 school year, one in eight students were chronically absent. Recently, the Ad Council, partner in the “Absences Add Up” campaign, discovered that “an overwhelming majority (86%) of parents understand their child’s school attendance plays a big role in helping them graduate from high school...however, nearly half (49%) of parents believe that it is okay for their children to miss three or more days of school per month – and that they won’t fall behind academically if they do.”

The lack of tools to make attendance data simple and actionable to track, as well as the scarcity of real-time data on chronic absenteeism, make it easy for this problem to go unnoticed. This is why Kinvolved built a very simple tool for educators to track attendance, access real-time data reports, and instantly communicate information via translated text message to families.

Teachers and administrators can use Kinvo’s attendance recorder on both web and mobile to track daily or period attendance. It takes just thirty seconds to swipe students’ names left or right and to track reasons for absence or minutes of lost instructional time.

After recording, you can save attendance data or instantly inform parents about absenteeism and lateness via a text message or email. If you are in a rush, use our default absent/late messages or choose from your library of frequently used messages. With our new translation feature you can overcome previous language barriers, and translate all attendance messages in real-time!

Kinvo by Kinvolved is a simple solution that is helping educators, administrators, and families solve chronic absence. By streamlining how schools record attendance and communicate information with families, we have helped districts, schools, and nonprofits improve attendance rates.

Still have questions? RSVP to one of our four webinars!

Know someone who needs Kinvo? Contact us for more information!

And, as always, we encourage you to share our product on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram!

Comment below to let us know which webinar most excites you! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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