Socially Speaking

Tonight, April 29, 2014, the Office of Parent Engagement’s Parent University is hosting a Parent to Parent event at Nathaniel Rochester Community School #3, 85 Adams St., from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The focus, Responding vs Reacting and Social and Emotional Well Being.

The final PTECH information session is Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Central Office in Room 3A-B from 6-7:30 PN. “Students and parents must attend an information session before applying.”

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 6 PM till 8 PM at Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School, 501 Genesee St., there will be a Student Talent Showcase, hosted by the Student Leadership Congress in collaboration with Rochester Police Activities League (PAL). This event was not mentioned on the district website

There are good things happening throughout the district. The “Good News from Rochester Schools” section of the district website highlights many of them, but there is no place on the website to let the public know what RCSD student are doing.

As well, there is no place on the website for students to connect with each other, the district, or the community.

A constant concern is keeping pace with technology. Students are using their phones to connect with each other through social media yet the district has not capitalized on this trend by opening its media doors to its students.

Keeping students engaged by allowing them the opportunity to create and post their own platform on the district webpage, monitored by seniors, open to all students, and available to all schools, would give them the autonomy necessary to feel trusted and competent in their world.

Giving parents and teachers the same opportunity to freely communicate with others throughout the district about child/student concerns, successful and not-so-successful lessons, and even fundraisers for student and school events, would help to create a positive social atmosphere between and among all educational stakeholders.

Communication is essential to educational success. Sharing ideas and discussing problems is key to gaining understanding and building relationships.

District leaders have said they are listening, opening the doors to positive, effective communication through district hosted social media opportunities would be an excellent beginning.

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