Training staff members

For administrators with a School and District plan.

Getting ready to lead a training session about Remind? We've got you covered.

Before the session...

This slide deck is designed to walk attendees through what Remind is, accessing Remind, Remind features, and Remind best practices. By the end they should feel confident sending a message in Remind for different audiences and purposes.

  • Customize the slides with your school or district information.
    • Slide 1: Name of school or district
    • Slide 7: Remove #2 if your school/district didn’t create classes for your teachers
    • Slide 23: Personalize with date of notification (remove if your school/district didn't create accounts for parents & students)
    • Slide 24: Names of Remind experts and their schools (if applicable)
  • Before the session 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 presentation. This version of the presentation will take about 30 minutes, but feel free to customize your session with additional walkthroughs, demos, or discussions.
*Note slide notes are also include in the speaker notes section of each slide in the presentation deck

Section I: Introduction (8 min)

Slide 1: Overview

  • Trainer intro
  • Session goal: Learn to make 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 Remind 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: parents, students, and staff members.
    • 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 whether your school/district rostered with Remind or not.

  • If teachers were added via rostering: 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 via rostering: 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.
  • If your school is rostered, additional classes may be for school sponsored clubs, study groups, or other extracurriculars.

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

  • For students or anyone you see IN-PERSON: have desired members text your class code to 81010.
  • For parents or family members AT HOME: Download or print out PDF that explains how to join.

Slide 10: Messaging basics

  • Send announcements to your entire class (students and parents).
  • 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.
  • Best practice: Include the message in both English and other languages in the same message so it can be sent to your entire community at once.

Slide 12: Share photos and resources

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

Slide 13: Connected accounts

  • Connect your Remind account to other educational apps like Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.
    • Increase visibility of files and assignments by embedding them in a Remind message.

Slide 14: 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

Slide 15: Make a voice call

  • Use the Call tab in the Remind app or web version to directly call parents or students.
  • Personal phone numbers stay private.
    • Make sure your teacher's set the voicemail on their cell phone to not give away personal contact information.
  • You’ll only get calls during office hours.

Slide 16: Keep a call log

  • A log of every call you make with Remind is kept together with your messages in the Messages Tab
  • Include notes on each call
  • Email call history to yourself or other colleagues for record keeping

[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 17: 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.

Slide18: Messaging type and cadence best practices

  • Class Announcements are best for scheduling, weekly newsletters, whole class assignments, and other messages suited for the entire class and parents (optional).
    • Weekly cadence is recommended as too many announcements can be distracting
  • Direct or group conversations are best for individual reminders, celebrations, and 2-way conversations.
    • These are sent as needed and should be sent more frequently

Slide19: Extending student learning outside the classroom

  • Learning seems to end as soon as students leave the classroom use Remind to increase learning opportunities beyond the school day.
  • 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 20: 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 event

Slide 21: 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 22: Improving attendance

  • Focus:Reducing absences and tardiness
  • Best practices:
    • Schedule morning announcements
    • Follow up individually
  • Suggestion: Send positive reinforcements encouraging students to come to class in addition to absence notifications.

[PAUSE FOR QUESTIONS]

Section IV: Closing (1 min)

Slide 23: 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 24: Connect with Remind experts at your school (IF APPLICABLE)

Note check to see who is an RCE at your school or district and customize slide

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

[PAUSE FOR QUESTIONS]