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Trailblazer Communications Plan

Creating Transparency and "Seeing is Believing" Tours

Overview

Trailblazer Elementary School in Colorado recognized the importance of good communication early in their implementation of blended learning. Shifting to a new instructional approach meant new ideas and terminology, and Trailblazer wanted to ensure they were communicating these ideas clearly by avoiding jargon and putting them in terms that are easy to understand. They also sought to ensure that the purpose of their work was clear: they were implementing blended learning to improve teaching and learning for their students. While this may seem obvious, many districts have fallen into the trap of not communicating this clearly and suffered from distracting conversations as a result.

Trailblazer’s commitment to clear communications goes well beyond messaging plans and is evidenced by a variety of initiatives throughout the school, including:

  • Tours - Trailblazer started to host “Seeing is Believing” tours, opening their doors several times a year to visitors. These tours are a commitment to transparency and allow them to share their progress and lessons learned with others, while also gaining valuable feedback from those outside the school.
  • Digital Portfolios - Trailblazer has increased its commitment to communication with parents. Many teachers currently use a digital portfolio tool which students add to every day. With the quick click of a button students can share their work with teachers and parents, and parents can see their child’s progress in real time.

Strategy Resources


Digitally Sharing Work at Trailblazer

Teachers utilize technology to digitally capture and share student work with families. Learn More

Trailblazer Seeing is Believing Presentation

Trailblazer used this presentation to share their "Seeing is Believing" vision and plan. Learn More

Trailblazer "Seeing Is Believing" Tour Agenda

This agenda walks through Trailblazer's tour to engage stakeholders and be transparent. Learn More

Trailblazer Newsletter V1 I3

Trailblazer utilizes newsletters to share updates with the community. Learn More

Trailblazer Newsletter V1 I4

Trailblazer utilizes newsletters to share updates with the community. Learn More

Trailblazer Newsletter V1 I5

Trailblazer utilizes newsletters to share updates with the community. Learn More