What we say matters.
How we say it matters, too.

Using the right words, tone, and information to bridge the gap between schools and families.

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You want what’s best for students.

But communicating with parents and families is hard.

Hi, I'm Patricia.

I am not an educator by training. I am a journalist who ended up working for my local school district. I realized right away that schools have it tough when it comes to communicating with families. Ten years later, I took what I know about words, tone, and information, and literally wrote the book on school-home communication. Now I partner with school districts across the country to improve family and community engagement with clear, effective, and meaningful communication.

and here's my book...

No More Mumbo Jumbo will help you recognize and translate words and ideas into communications that will allow you to form rich relationships with parents and caregivers. No More Mumbo Jumbo is short, easy to read and full of knowledge, tips, and checklists that can help you use the right words, information, tone, and body language as you reach out to parents and caregivers.

It’s amazing what the right words can do.

Whether your students are learning from home or headed back to school, anxiety levels and frustrations are at an all-time high. What you say — and how you say it — could mean the difference between a teacher or a family leaving your school or district or deciding to stay.

Sign your team up for one of my interactive trainings (on-site or virtual) today and get:

Custom workshops for schools or districts

With practical lessons and hands-on activities

Focused on clear, simple, effective communication

Learn how to:

Demonstrate empathy
Overcome language barriers
Inspire parent & teacher confidence
Set and achieve your goals

Speaking of words...

What educators are saying.

"Patricia is a true passionate advocate for students and families. She strongly advocates for family engagement ensuring families are always on our minds and considered when new initiatives are developed and implemented. She supported the collaborative prevention and intervention work of school counselors with other students support service providers. The contributions to family engagement and the strategies she shared have been helpful to us when consulting with other districts. Her impact in Evansville supported great improvement in family engagement."

Trish Hatch, PhDBest-selling Author, White House Advisor, DOE Consultant

“Your presentation and presentation style was so down-to-earth, warm and inviting. I needed to be reminded to take off my teacher hat and not get caught up in the rush, to take time to communicate with the parents of our students. Thank you!”


Don’t let the wrong words come between your schools and your families.

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Clear, Effective, & Meaningful School Communication
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And learn how simple, effective communication can help your school district.