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School Communication Masterclass
Join the ESC of Northeast Ohio for a School Communications Masterclass Professional Learning Series during the 2021-22 school year.
Beginning in November, there will be eight virtual, one hour sessions with Instructor Patricia Weinzapfel, author of the book "No More Mumbo Jumbo: Bridging the Communication Gap Between Educators and Families."

Who should attend? 

Anyone in your school district that communicates with families... 
Communication Directors 
Personnel Directors 
Curriculum Directors 
Pupil Services Directors 
Family Engagement Coordinators 
Teachers ?...any district employee who communicates with families.

CLICK HERE to watch a video previewing this Masterclass and to register.

Patricia’s School Communications Masterclass Professional Learning Series is available to both individuals and school district teams and includes (8) hour-long practical learning sessions, each focusing on a critical area of school communications. In addition to interactive virtual sessions, all participants have an opportunity to engage in (2) hour-long coaching sessions. Coaching sessions are conducted via teams, in the case of districts or 1:1, in the case of individuals.

Cohort Meeting Dates

Zoom sessions are from 10-11 a.m.


November 10, 2021

December 8, 2021

January 12, 2022

February 9, 2022

March 9, 2022

April 13, 2022

May 11, 2022

June 15, 2022 (might be moved to August)

The Outcomes

Join our cohort and your team will emerge with:

  • Understand why communication is at the heart of effective family engagement
  • Recognize and identify both effective and ineffective communication.
  • Draw on the knowledge of your parents/schools to compose and design communications and learning at home activities that are parent-friendly.
  • Feel capable and empowered to make the most of conversations with families.
  • Engage parents and community partners in school/home communication work.
  • Use suggestions and ideas to design next steps for your communication work.

Eight Sessions

  1. The Importance and Challenges of School/Home Communications
  2. The words we use
  3. Information Overload
  4. Non-verbal Communications
  5. Challenging Communications
  6. Learning at Home Activities
  7. Sharing Student and Learning Data
  8. Creating Lasting Change


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