How do schools invite families?

Nothing gets families engaged with the classroom like seeing and hearing what their child is doing at school! To invite students' family members to use Seesaw as an admin, please find instructions below. We've also created a list of engagement tips for families you can use after they connect to Seesaw here!

View families connected by student

Admin can see which students in your school have connected family members by downloading a CSV of their student data. 


Here’s how you can access that data:

  1. Sign in to your admin account and navigate to your school dashboard.
  2. Tap on the ‘Students’ tab.
  3. Tap the ‘... menu’ > ‘Download CSV of Current Student Accounts’
  4. Open the CSV to view which students have connected family members and find students who are missing family members. You can find this info by looking under the 'Connected Families' header: if there are email addresses and/or phone numbers listed, that student has connected family members; if the tab is blank, no one is connected to that student.


Connect families to students in bulk
From the Families Tab, the admin can use the Bulk Update Families tool to connect families to students in bulk.


  1. Sign in to your admin account and navigate to your school dashboard.
  2. Tap on the ‘Families’ tab.
  3. Tap ‘Bulk Update Families’ > ‘Use Blank Family CSV Template’ to download a CSV template for connecting family members.


  4. Make a copy of the CSV template. Fill out the CSV using your student IDs and the email addresses OR mobile phone numbers of the family members you wish to connect. 


  5. Upload the CSV to Seesaw. Once it successfully uploads, families will receive an invite (via text or email, depending on the data you provided) to connect to their students’ journals.

With Seesaw for Schools, Admin will also receive weekly analytics to see how often family members are viewing and engaging with their child’s journal.


Family members will remain connected to their child’s journal year to year. They only need to connect to their child’s journal once to access all of their child’s journals from any classes they are enrolled in for the duration of their time at your school.


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