Training session overview

For staff with a School or District Plan.

Getting ready to lead a training session about Remind? We've got you covered. (But make sure to check out the trainer guide if you haven't already!)

Before the session...

Training tips

  1. Quick discussions get teachers engaged. The presentation includes prompts to help teachers relate the material to their own experiences. We've found it useful to structure the discussion—ask teachers to turn to the person next to them for a quick chat, then ask the group to share out ideas.
  2. Help teachers understand what it's like to use the product. Seeing Remind in action often gets teachers to the “a-ha!” moment. Try sharing your screen when you're going over ways to set up, encourage teachers to follow along in their own accounts, or create a test class that they can join via text.
  3. ...but don't spend the session walking through features. The most successful rollouts equip teachers with ways to use Remind in their own classrooms. Let them know that you'll cover everything they need to get started, but that you'll be making time to go over best practices and ideas.
  4. Have extra time after your presentation? Show teachers how to set Office Hours, use Reactions, or embed a widget in their blogs or websites. 

What to prepare

  1. Make a copy of the Remind training deck
  2. Customize the deck with your school information
    • Slide 1: Name of school or district
    • Slide 7: Remove #2 if your school/district didn’t create classes for your teachers
    • Slide 19: Personalize with date of notification
    • Slide 20: Names of Remind experts and their schools (if applicable)
  3. Ask participants to:
    • Log in to Remind and follow any prompts before the session
    • Bring laptops to the session

Presentation talking points

This is a slide-by-slide breakdown of talking points for the Remind training deck. This version of the presentation will take about 30 minutes, but feel free to customize your session with additional walkthroughs, demos, or discussions.

Section I: Introduction (8 min)

Slide 1: Overview

  • Trainer intro
  • Session goal: Making the most out of Remind
  • What's covered
    • Setting up your account so you can access special features for your district
    • Go over best practices that you can use with your own classes right away

Slide 2: Explaining the district plan

  • This plan makes it easier than ever for you to set up your classes
  • You’ll have access to additional features like voice calls and longer messages
    • Reach everyone you need to
    • Use one tool for all of your school communication
  • Get priority support from the Remind Support Team

Slide 3: Remind in a nutshell

  • It's convenient and accessible
    • Send messages instantly to any device
  • It's built for education
    • You don't need to share your personal contact information
  • It can help your classes succeed
    • Teachers use Remind to strengthen relationships

Slide 4: Discussion prompt

  • QUESTION: What are some of the challenges you face in communicating with students and parents?
  • DISCUSSION (2-3 minutes)
    • Instead of addressing each challenge, acknowledge them and preview best practices section

Slide 5: Why teachers use Remind

  • Helps them save time
  • Improves involvement/engagement
  • More effective than other kinds of communication

[PAUSE FOR QUESTIONS]

Section II: Setting up Remind (8 min)

In this section, we recommend sharing your screen as you navigate through Remind.com. You can also ask teachers to follow along in their own accounts.

Slide 6: What's in this section?

We'll cover everything you need to do make sure you're set up

  • It'll just take a few minutes

Slide 7: Checklist

These bullet points will depend on your school/district.

  • If teachers were added: You should have gotten an email from Remind
    • If you haven't logged in, go ahead and do that now
  • If classes were created for teachers: All of your classes will automatically be in your account
    • If participants were added to classes: You can customize your classes or manage participants
  • Download the app to use Remind on the go

Slide 8: You can always add more classes to your account

  • TRY IT OUT: If you don’t have classes added to your account or if you want to create additional classes, let’s create one now

Slide 9: You can always add more people to your classes

  • For students or anyone you see IN-PERSON: 81010
  • For parents or family members AT HOME: Download or print out PDF

Slide 10: Messaging basics

  • Send announcements to your entire class
  • Or start conversations with groups and individuals
  • You can message just the students or just the parents

Slide 11: Reach ELL families

  • TRY IT OUT: Translate messages before you send them

Slide 12: Share photos and resources

  • You can attach any file under 10 MB
    • Great for sending home forms, documents, and resources
  • Or snap photos on your phone to share with your class

Slide 13: Plan in advance

  • You can schedule announcements to send automatically
    • Great for saving time if you know what's coming up
  • TRY IT OUT: Schedule your first announcement for [date and time]
    • For example, send your class a welcome message

[PAUSE FOR QUESTIONS]

Section III: Best practices (10 min)

Relevant best practices help teachers to think of ways to use Remind beyond sending their first announcement. Encourage the group to share their own experiences, from specific challenges they've faced to what they already do to address them.

Slide 14: Why best practices?

  • Sending updates and reminders is just a first step
  • In the rest of the time, we'll discuss how teachers use Remind to address some common challenges
  • Make sure you feel equipped with actionable tips that you can use with your classes

Slide 15: Extending student learning outside the classroom

  • Learning seems to end as soon as students leave the classroom
  • Best practices
    • Share photos of what's happening in the classroom
    • Encourage students and parents to find real-world applications
    • Prep parents with questions about lesson topics
  • Suggestion: Get students excited about learning

Slide 16: Involving parents

  • Focus: Family and parent engagement
  • Best practices
    • Attach flyers to the announcements you send home
    • Follow up with parents individually to build rapport
    • Use voice calls to reach out about sensitive information
  • Suggestion: Increase parent attendance at school events

Slide 17: Reaching ELL students and families

  • Focus: ELL engagement
  • Best practices
    • Translate message before you send them
    • Add attachments to make sure parents get them
  • Suggestion: Provide language support for ELL families

Slide 18: Improving attendance

  • Focus: Reducing absences and tardiness
  • Best practices:
    • Schedule morning announcements
    • Follow up individually
  • Suggestion: Motivate students to stay accountable

[PAUSE FOR QUESTIONS]

Section IV: Closing (1 min)

Slide 19: Next steps

  • As part of the rollout, students and parents will be notified about their Remind accounts on [date]
    • When people are added to a class, they’ll automatically receive a notification from Remind
  • For any technical questions or issues, contact Remind at support@remindhq.com for priority support
    • Use your official school email address

Slide 20: Connect with Remind experts at your school (IF APPLICABLE)

  • Remind Connected Educators are excited to share their experiences, tips, and ideas

[PAUSE FOR QUESTIONS]