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Thursday, September 30, 2010

District to Launch Phone Notification System

We are pleased to announce the selection and approval for something that quite frankly has been missing from our selection of communication tools: a district-wide phone notification system. We will soon be able to further our goal for more effective communication with families.

At the September 28, 2010 School Board meeting, Trustees approved the purchase of the Teleparent notification system. This approval paves the way for MISD to begin the implementation phase for what we believe will become a crucial communication asset. TeleParent is an automated system that can send a message by phone or email to parents in minutes.

TeleParent was selected by a district-wide committee after researching and reviewing a variety of notification systems available to meet our District’s needs.

Messages can be sent by teachers to their students’ parents, by campus administrators to all or a select group of parents at their schools, and by the MISD administration to all parents in the district for District-wide situations or issues.

Benefits and usage details
  • Teachers and administrators can use the system to schedule and record messages. Teachers go online to select messages specific to each student while administrators use both the internet and the telephone to schedule and record new broadcasts.

  • The student messaging system gives teachers the ability to send messages to the entire class, or even messages tailored to each student.

  • TeleParent supports over 20 different languages.

  • Since teachers will be able to select from multiple message types, such as corrective, informational, rewarding, etc., TeleParent gives students another reason to perform their best in class. It is our hope that once students realize phone calls can be easily sent to their homes, they will be more likely to attend class, behave in class, complete assignments, study for tests, and improve their overall performance.

  • TeleParent is tied into the district’s student information system and will be used to notify parents daily about student absences. (We have a few call-out systems currently being used in a few schools for attendance. TeleParent will replace those older systems.)

  • TeleParent will be used when challenging situations develop to more effectively reach parents about bad weather closings, delays or dismissals as well as shelter-in-place announcements (commonly referred to as “school lockdowns”) or other emergencies.
The TeleParent notification system will be a valuable district communications tool. As with any new system, it will require training during the implementation phase. We appreciate your patience as we learn the system and maximize its usage.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great idea , but how well will it work and will it work correctly..

Communications Department said...

@ Anonymous 4:13 - Thanks for your feedback. Please let us have a chance to purchase, implement, get fully trained and comfortable using a brand new system. We were just trying to let the District community know of something we think is pretty special and needed coming up. Thanks again for your comment.

Anonymous said...

My understanding, from hearing about TeleParent in other districts and states, is that it is a fantastic system on all levels of communication. What truly sets it apart is the languages it supports and the strong customer support. I am excited that we will have access to this new communication tool.

Communications Department said...

@ Anon 4:36 - Indeed those were a great features when we were researching TeleParent. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

It sounds impressive. I can see its effectiveness as students realize how easily we will be able to contact parents. It will be nice to use it as a reward as well--making those positive contacts before the negative contacts have to be made.

Anonymous said...

This will just create bigger problems when people rely on having a system tell you whats going on. This is not a good idea but with good intentions I see. I wouldn't want my child to have this neither me dealing with it. Some people have too much in their lives to be getting interrupted with calls and notifications.

Anonymous said...

I really don't think this will work, some how kids will find a way around it and will still skip and act up in class.

Anonymous said...

I teach in MISD and I previously taught in AISD. We used Teleparent in Arlington and I loved it. I can easily click on my classes and send messages to multiple students in 1 minute or less. It's a way to remind high school students about big due dates or when they have missing work. It's easy for teachers and students/parents. I am so happy that we get the opportunity to use Teleparent. Thanks MISD for getting us this amazing technology!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if messages sent to the student will be copied to the parent? Is there anything in place to monitor messages sent to the student? Specifically to prevent a student from becoming a victim of sexual harassment by a teacher?

Reggie said...

I think that this is a wonderful idea. The district is heading in the right direction. This is just another way for us to communicate with our parents. I see very few downsides to this and plenty of upsides.

Anonymous said...

Anything that allows teachers and administrators to communicate more effectively with me as a parent is very welcome in our home. Northeast ISD in San Antonio used this type of system only for absenses. I hope all teachers will use this tool to it's upmost potential.

Gregg Williams said...

To anonymous 11/1 7:18 am. It is unfortunate that you feel that you have so much going on in your life that you are too busy to be bothered with information regarding your son or daughter.

To anonymous 11/1 5:28. According to the article the messages are student specific and can be sent to the parents, not sure how students would be able to get around this.

To anonymous 11/3 9:15 pm. Again according to the article it says that teachers can go online to select messages, not type in messages to send to phone numbers, therefore there is not the danger of student harrassment.

So many negative comments are being made before people have looked at the positive aspects, let alone given the system time to work.

As a teacher it would be great for me to be able to send pre written messages to parents to inform them of missing work for their students and even positive messages when their students do well. Don't forget that parent-teacher communication can be a positive and not a negative as it is too often portrayed.

Anonymous said...

This can also cause lots of problems at home, if a student wishes to solve an issue on his/her own without having to get grounded before hand then they wont have the option, being in trouble before you even have a chance to solve the issue can cause alot of issues

Anonymous said...

If this is anything like what we had at our former school, you had to list which phone numbers you wanted notices sent to. Having lived in snow country, it was especially useful for school delays, closings and if there was any type of crisis at the school. Currently have the same type of set up with son's college in case of campus emergencies. I'd say, give it a chance and you probably can opt out if you want to, as we could.

Anonymous said...

I think this is great. I teach in MISD and have a high schooler. We have already had a teacher contact us with positive remarks, along with encouraging our teen to study hard for an upcoming test. He needed to make X grade to bring his grade up. This was motivating for him as well!

Anonymous said...

Why can't the teacher just send an email ? Or why can't parents just keep checking Infinite Campus to keep track of grades? I am sure some cost is involved with this new system and the money could be better spent elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

I am very excited to hear about teleparent. I use the infinite campus but don't have time to everyday. My hopes are to keep up with more going on at school and maybe we could save paper by not sending home as many flyers that usually don't make it anyways. Is this going to be up and going this year?

Anonymous said...

I'm very excited! I am all about communication with teachers and our children. We are all busy but this is our childrens' future we are talking about. That's exactly what's wrong these days...loss of communication. We as parents need to be more involved in what our children are doing and communicating with them. This is another tool to achieve that. If you feel this would be bothersome, then you are the parent I've directed this to. Get involved! Don't make excuses! I hope your child grows up to NOT be like you.

Anonymous said...

As a parent of a child that attends multiple campuses, I can only hope that this could also be used as communications method to help support the morning announcements for students who attend Ben Barber during the announcement period. I have high hopes that it will improve this missing communication for my son and myself.

Anonymous said...

I already receive messages from Summit high regarding events meetings and my children's attendance. But they should check the messages and make sure they are accurate. Last night I received a message for a meeting that took place on sept 29. It was very outdated.

Anonymous said...

I think some people are misunderstanding this new communication. I don't believe it will take the place of parenting etc. As nothing should ever take the place of parenting responsibilities. I see this program as a great assistance to me, especially as a single parent. It will help me keep up with things going on with my child etc. I am looking forward to it. Thank you for keeping up with technology in this way. :)

Anonymous said...

Personally, I think there has been way too many changes for the employees of MISD at this time. Please consider waiting for a while before you implement something else for the teachers to learn. We, faculty members and employees, are more than overwhelemed at all the changes you are asking us to do all at one time and in so many areas of our career. Do not get me wrong; change is good. We do not mind it, but please slow down. I hear daily of veteran teachers saying they feel like they are first year teachers. Some have even been talking about leaving the classroom and finding another profession. Listen to your employees MISD. We have simply had enough at this time!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous - This system sounds like a wonderful idea if the district had enough people to implement the equipment and train enough personnel to use the system. It won't be used to its capacity if the staff doesn't have the proper training