Communicating with Students and families: Finding the right balance

In our 19th episode of Opportunity Thrives, we explore the extraordinary pressure on education leaders to provide effective, informative, accurate and timely communication to students, staff, families and the larger school community right now.

Opportunity changes everything

We know that addressing the needs of struggling students strengthens our schools, creates stronger communities,
brighter futures and a more equitable world. The average student who starts below grade level has a one in four
chance of catching up. This means a tremendous number of students are struggling in every school district
nationwide. If these students face barriers to achieving success, it can impact on-time graduation rates, passing and
proficiency rates for high-stakes exams and the number of students who are falling below grade level. Through
interviews with students, teachers, administrators, technologists and education influencers, we want to understand
what’s working in our schools today, what’s not and how we can impact positive, lasting change.

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