Teacher Uses Picture Messaging for Classroom Behavior Improvement

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and nowhere is that more meaningful than in a K12 classroom.

Eight-grade math teacher Danni Harrison had a student that she wanted to help with some behavioral concerns but she knew she couldn’t do it alone. To make a meaningful and lasting change, Danni knew she needed to include the child’s parents. 

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Danni started using picture messaging with SchoolStatus in her classroom. During class, Danni opens SchoolStatus on her phone or tablet, takes a picture of the student with their work, and sends a text message to the parents. The whole process takes less than a minute and both the message and the picture file are automatically stored on the student card. 

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Danni admits the initial reaction from the student wasn’t great at first. That’s because historically most communication from the school to the home was negative. 

Using SchoolStatus, Danni has transformed the experience of contacting a parent from a stressful, anxious event to a happy celebration of student accomplishments. Now, her students ask to have their pictures taken and sent to mom. 

“It’s a culture builder, it’s a confidence booster,” she says. “And it helps improve the communication and collaboration with parents.”


SchoolStatus is the district-wide communication tool that integrates key student data in order to increase communication among educators, district administrators, and student families. The company’s solution aggregates individual student data, such as state assessments, attendance, and grades in an easy-to-visualize format and offers the option to communicate with student families via call, text, or email. Through SchoolStatus, millions of communications have occurred on the classroom, campus, and district level. For more information about SchoolStatus, visit 

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