Something that was brought up by several teachers is our lack of parent involvement. As teachers this is a big concern. Parent involvement is a major issue and we want to do something about it. Our principal decided that it wasn't something she could mandate for the entire school. She felt like we needed to keep our focus on the time we have the kids in school.
Several of us (teachers) have decided to hold parent meetings every six weeks to improve awareness and participation. I think that if we arm our parents with knowledge they will feel empowered to make a positive impact on their child's learning. This will be a big experiment!
Here are my invitations:
Things I considered:
- Date - I chose the first Thursday of every six weeks.
Monday- everyone will forget; Tuesday- not enough time to remind parents; Wednesday- church; Thursday - good; Friday- out having fun
- Time - Most of my parents will be off work by this time.
- Agenda - I thought about the important things I want to talk about at certain times of the year.
- No kids! - I will not have anyone bring their kids to these meetings. If they show up with children, I will have to ask them to leave. I don't want this to become a circus with kids running around the room or the halls. They are too much of a distraction. I will give them plenty of notice so they can arrange a babysitter.
- Refreshments - Food and drinks draw people in. I am not above bribing them! :)