- Stories that take them inside the classroom. Perhaps a history teacher has students reenacting the Constitutional Convention. Or a family and consumer sciences class has planned a meal for a local homeless shelter. Give parents these close-up views of what’s going on in your school.
- Stories about the curriculum. How are students learning physics? Why is it important? How is technology improving students’ writing? These are all questions that parents would be fascinated to learn.
- Student successes. The basketball team’s first-place finish in the regional tournament will probably make the news anyway. But how about the student who collects funds for cancer research?
- Teacher stories. The teachers in your school win accolades for their professional work as well as their community activities. Parents need to know about the article that a math teacher had published in a professional journal, or the drama teacher who is starring in a community theater.
- Nonteaching staff. The cafeteria workers, secretaries, and bus drivers are often the faces most familiar to parents. Why not do a story called, “A Day in the Life of a School Secretary”? Parents will be interested to learn about all the people who make your school a success.
There are some stories that parents would love to hear. These are things that take place in your school, sometimes without much notice. A student wins a 4H competition. A teacher tries out a new software package to make history come alive. Here are five stories parents want to hear about your school: