Leader in Me at Home: The Newsletter Connection
March 18, 2019
Parents often decide within a matter of seconds whether to skim, respond to, or put aside the newsletter you worked hard on.
What if our newsletters were as much about a call to action as they are about disseminating information? Read on for three simple ideas to shift our newsletter paradigm from simply informing families to engaging them in our Leader in Me journey.
Make It Relevant. Share information about what we’re doing in school and offer age-appropriate activities for families to do at home. Consider embedding these ideas:
- Share literature suggestions to help families reinforce the leadership principles at home. For an example, take a look at the Hodgkins Elementary School. Ideas for K–2 are included in the Student Leadership Guides. Additionally, you can find ideas for literature suggestions for Grades K-5 in the First 8 Days Literature List.
- Integrate activities from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families into your newsletter. Here’s a summary of those activities.
- Embed some simple “Habits at Home” activities for families to do. See the Oregon Trail Habits at Home newsletter below for an example:
Keep It Simple. Determine a consistent format for every publication so that content is easy to find and activities can be done in a short period of time, ideally no more than 10-15 minutes. See the example in the Hodgkins Elementary School Family Connections newsletter below:
Make It Personal. Even our youngest students can contribute a drawing, a simple statement, or other work that aligns with our Leader in Me efforts. Include student contributions and spotlights, such as those in the KLA’s Leader Ledger below so that families look forward to seeing who’s featured in each edition.
Give it a try! And don’t forget to involve future career writers, journalists, designers, and content creators! Our newsletters will become a tool that’s pinned to the refrigerator instead of put in a pile or the wastebasket. Families’ paradigms will shift and they’ll eagerly await each next edition to continue their quest for effectiveness and to celebrate their young leaders.
Use this summary of activities from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families for children, teens, and adults.