What did you do in practice?
We listened first to families and learned from parents and students what they worry about when transitioning to middle school. With this info, we experimented and iterated with each event we hosted. We began with a movie night for 5th graders. Then we reinvented the Open House with help from teachers. And, we showcased the after school options, services and learning activities the middle school has available as choices for students.
Why did you do this implementation trial?
For our parents, we wanted them to feel and see that we have as caring and supportive educators at the middle school as they had at the elementary level. And for our teachers and educators, we wanted to help them see our parents as partners and to recognize the value of positive interactions that help build trusting and mutually beneficial relationships between schools and families.