3 Ways to Stay in Contact with Parents- 151

June 26, 2017


3 Ways to Stay in Contact with Parents:

1. Postcards

2. Your Own YouTube Channel

3. Use Google Voice


Today, I'm talking about making a promise to use your summer to learn and use a new way to stay in contact with the parents of your students. What do you think? Could you be better at contacting parents and if so could postcards, YouTube, or Google Voice help you?

Check out the links below for some help.


For More Information:

The Frugal Filmaker

How to make Videos with Your Phone

YouTube Help

US Post Office


Length: 18:35

150: Apex Fun Run with Jeremy Barnhart

June 20, 2017


Apex Fun Run offers the opportunity to fund raise for schools without depending upon traditional "product-based" programs.

I don't know about you but as a kid I sold my share of Turtles (the candy not the critter), candy bars like Snickers and Milky Way as well as M&Ms. On top of those items I also sold wrapping paper, Christmas trees, candles, and popcorn. Who knows what else. As a parent, I have experienced these same types of opportunities for my kids to become traveling candy salesmen. 



On today's show, I am talking with Jeremy Barnhart, the Co-Owner, VP for Franchise Development, and CFO of Apex Fun Run. This company partners with schools to raise money for equipment and other campus needs.

This unique method for raising funds incorporates leadership, character building, and encourages physical fitness. 

Another unique aspect of Apex Fun Run is that it offers the opportunity for you to own your own business.

Jeremy talks about how "they changed the game of fund raising for schools."

He notes that something that makes them so different from product-based fund raising is that in traditional programs "the schools keep somewhere between 20% - 30% of the collected money whereas with Apex Fun Run the schools retain from 52% to 77% of the money."

Thanks for listening and make sure that you visit the special page that Jeremy set-up for Teaching Learning Leading K12 listeners.

Connect with Jeremy to learn more by going to: 



Length: 28:35


149: 9th Grade Transition Program for Parents

June 12, 2017


Last episode I talked about creating a 9th Grade Transition Program for Kids. This week I am focused on creating a 9th Grade Transition Program for Parents. Today, I'm sharing my 16 ideas for a parent transition program. Do you have one? What would you or do you include?


Too often the 9th Grade Transition Program is focused only on the kids, yet the parents need to know how to do things. We always talk about creating a welcoming culture for parents, well make them more comfortable with their kids' school if you bring them in and show them how their child will use the school. But not only that, let them experience the areas of the school that they will need to be familiar with like the attendance office, the bus ramp, and the counselor's office.


Think about what you would include with your 9th grade transition program for the parents. Well, what do you think? Are you ready to welcome your 9th grade parents as well as the kids?

Length: 20:20

148: 9th Grade Transition Programs for Kids

June 5, 2017



Do you have a 9th grade transition program for your rising 9th graders?

If you don't, you should.

If you do, do you have kids help run it?

If you don't, you should.

Kids don't have all of the answers but they do know what they like and don't like.

Many of them will tell you whether the 9th grade program you have is boring, too long, and/or next to useless.



9th grade transition programs should be gameified as much as possible and student led. Now this doesn't mean that there are not adults involved. Oh, no! It simply means that you are going to have a team of adults and kids that work to put the kids in front of the new kids. Not only in front of them but also have them help you design what will happen.



Now remember you are still going to want the media specilaist, 9th grade counselor, and 9th grade teachers involved but you also want the kids to tell you what kids want to know more about coming to the high school for the first time. 



For example, have it end at lunch where you feed the kids (maybe pizza), and give them a school t-shirt or goody bag. Make sure that the tour shows them where the lockers are and how to use them. It is great if they can get their locker during this visit. It will increase your numbers attending if you make it known that they will get their lockers.

Take the kids to the drop off/pick-up areas. Also make sure that you show them the cafeteria and explain the lines as well as how you get there.

Listen to my talk today to get other ideas.

Just know that you should create an opportunity for the kids to learn from other, older kids about their new school.

It will help create success for your rising 9th graders.


Length: 21:25