What did you do in practice?
We re-invented the Open House to be more than the traditional classroom visit and formal presentation into something far more dynamic. By including student and teacher voices in the planning, the new format turned into a fun street fair-like event and intentional "get to know each other" for parents, students and teachers through engaging team building activities.
Why did you do this implementation trial?
We focused on reimagining the Open House for several reasons: Our middle school families would feel welcomed and excited about the transition, our teachers and parents would have an opportunity to connect at the start of the school year to help set a positive tone and begin building trust, and our families would know that we want them to be engaged with us and need them as partners in their child's education. Our parents are realizing that just because their child is entering middle school, there are many reasons to remain engaged with the school and support the teachers and their students.