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For Immediate Release:
September 13, 2019
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Irvine, Calif. — Personalized email remains parents’ preferred method of communication from their child’s teacher on information regarding their student’s individual academic performance, behavior or progress, according to Project Tomorrow and Blackboard’s 12th annual education trends report. The study, “Millennial, Gen X and Boomer Parents: Leveraging mobile-enabled social media for school-to-home communications across the generations,” also found that 48% of parents find text message to be an effective way to deliver crisis communications, whereas only 28% of grandparents share that preference.
“This year’s report uncovers trends relative to the communication preferences across different generations of parents and guardians,” said Dr. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow. “Given the significant uptick in grandparents serving as children’s primary education guardians, we took a close look at how their preferences differ from those of parents. For example, the study found that only one in three grandparents identify mobile apps as effective modes of communication, while the majority of parents surveyed reported that mobile apps were an effective mode of communication. This underscores the critical need for districts and schools to tailor their communications to reach this growing group.”
The report analyzes feedback from more than 20,000 Millennial, Gen X and Boomer parents and guardians nationwide to understand each generation’s preferred method of communication with their student’s teacher. The report also explores the role of mobile platforms and social media. The data, which is part of the annual Speak Up Research Project shows that it is increasingly important for school and district leaders to differentiate communication by message and communication channel when engaging with multiple generations within their parent community.
“With thousands of school district partners across the United States, Blackboard is deeply committed to facilitating communication among teachers, school administrators, and parents and guardians in an easy and effective way,” said Christina Fleming, Vice President of K12 at Blackboard. “Technologies used by parent communities are continuously evolving, so it’s critical that districts also evolve and optimize their communications strategies to reach parents in meaningful, relevant ways. The findings from this year’s report offer helpful insights that we hope will spark new ideas for strategies districts can implement to engage parents.”
Additional key findings from this year’s community engagement trends report include:
Please visit http://videos.blackboard.com/watch/S11vGzTGLo9dxo5igTyrXS to view the webinar recording of the report release.
About Project Tomorrow & Speak Up
Project Tomorrow is the nation’s leading education nonprofit group dedicated to ensuring that today’s K-12 students are well prepared to become tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and engaged citizens of the world. The Speak Up Research Project is a national initiative of Project Tomorrow. Since 2003, the annual Speak Up project has collected and reported on the views of more than 5.7 million K-12 students, teachers, administrators and parents representing more than 30,000 schools in all 50 states. This represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder input on education, technology, schools of the future, science and math instruction, professional development and career exploration.
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