Web site development for school districts requires a unique focus. If not designed and managed properly, school Web sites fail to accomplish their original goals and possibly do more harm than good for the branding of the district, its teachers, administrators, and board members.
So, while School Webmasters would like to become your school's Webmaster, we also recognize that this may not be possible. So, to help you make the most of your school's Web site,or simply to improve communication in your district, we've provided a few articles to provide some direction:
Appreciation and Reputation Management - Reputation matters.The better your school's reputation, the stronger your network of supporters becomes.
Managing Your School's Public Relations - Public Relations management is a fact of life in education. Whether you manage it (try to control what your publics think and feel about your school) or whether you don't, the reality is that people are forming opinions.
Going Green - Did you know that green schools cost less to operate? In an economy where every dollar counts, freeing up resources that could be utilized for student education is always a good thing (and great public relations besides).
Your Office Staff - From a Public Relations perspective, your front desk personnel may be as important as nearly every other position in your school.
Building Trust through Communication - Without trust, what should be minor incidents can spiral out of control. So, what steps can you take to build trust?
Perceptions Matter - make 'em count! - As an educational leader, one of your major challenges is to develop strategies that deliver a positive message into the community about your school.
To Blog or Not to Blog, that is the School Administrator Question! - Is a blog something that you are ready to implement, or is it something you can realistically postpone or decide is not for you?
Should You Outsource Your School's Website Management? What are the pros and cons of outsourcing not just the design, but your school website management? Find out if it is for you.
School Websites - Design and Function Determine Success - It has long been said of design projects that "form follows function." This means that the way something looks should be determined by its purpose. It would mean that the designer should gather the website's requirements and then determine the aesthetics of the website based on those functional requirements.
Match Your School's Needs to a Service Provider's Niche - Find the right features for your school's Web site.
School Web Site Checklist - Here are some basic but important items for your school's Web site.
How Hard Is YOUR Web Site Working? - Are you putting your school's Web site to it's best use? If not, revise your strategy.
Content Is King - Don't underestimate the importance of planning the content for your Web site.
Effective Parent Communication - Public Relations includes effective, positive, and useful information for parents.
Classroom Web Sites - What to Include - A well-designed classroom Web site will enhance your communication efforts between home and school.
Teacher Web Sites with Class - Many teacher Web sites look amaturish. Avoid the common pitfalls