What did you do in practice?
We took a look at our annual "5th and 6th Grade Fun Night" and really thought about how to increase parent and teacher connections. This event helps with the transition into middle school and it was important that we create a bond at the beginning of the journey. Typically we have a parent orientation night. Feedback from our team though drove us to think differently. The result was a more vibrant event that invited parents, students and teachers to connect and have fun together in our first ever Fall Open House.
Why did you do this implementation trial?
We needed to think about family-school engagement at the middle school level differently when parent involvement starts to change and the needs are different for students. We worked with our school counselor to identify the needs in our community, pairing that with info gained from empathy interviews conducted by our team. We knew if we could create authentic trust and more communication between teachers and parents that it would lead to a better educational outcome for our students.