What did you do in practice?
We hosted two events that helped engage parents with teachers and support their kids. As noted, the Back to School Bash included a community resource fair for families prior to the school year. The other event was an end-of-year carnival style celebration that engaged parents beyond the faithful PTO parents who generally volunteer. We also provided postcards for parents and teachers to exchange positive messages during the school year about a student they had in common. All of these touchpoint led to better communication and deeper trust.
Why did you do this implementation trial?
We wanted to create intentional opportunities for parents, students and teachers to meet and engage in fun activities that provided mutual insight or insight into educating the children. We embraced the idea of school being the hub of the community. Whether it was a back-to-school resource fair, postcard updates or the end-of-year carnival, these represented ways for the families and school to connect, build relationships and trust, and appreciate their shared interest in and commitment to the well being and success of students.