How To Hold A Successful

School Open House Or Parent Night

A parent night is a great opportunity to connect with your students’ parents, familiarize them with your teaching style and classroom, and let them know what you expect from their children in the coming year. More than that, it is the perfect opportunity to get parents involved with the school and volunteering. However, parent night, family nights and open houses leave little time for one-on-one conversations or extended meetings.

 

Here are a few tips on how to host a successful parent night at your school:

 

  • Pick a theme. Parent nights are a perfect opportunity to share an important idea, goal or aspect of your community with your students; families. Examples of themes may be Reading With Your Family, Music In Our Schools, International food or Technology in the Classroom.

 

  • Have a Parent Involvement Pledge sign-up. Parents often want to volunteer but don’t go out of their way to call a teacher or inquire into opportunities. Having them pledge a few hours of their time or sign up to help with a specific tasks or event while at a parent night is an ideal way to recruit help.

 

  • Display student art. Make your school warm and welcoming by displaying recent student art along hallways or by creating a mural in the school’s lobby, lunchroom, gym or auditorium.

 

  • Offer Guided tours. Parents will be more likely to go to their children’s schools, visit with teachers, and become more involved if they know their way around the school’s halls. As an alternative to a tour, send parents and children on scavenger hunts in which they visit all of the important places throughout the school.

 

  • Share teacher expectations. All too often, parents do not understand how a child’s school day is structured or what skill level their children should achieve by the end of the academic year. A parent night is a prime opportunity to give an overview of your classroom environment and curriculum. Have sample textbooks, a sample schedule, or even a slid show or PowerPoint presentation of daily activities.

 

  • Avoid individual conversations about students. This is not a parent-teacher conference, but rather a general welcome for everyone. If a parent would like to discuss their child with you in depth, set up a separate appointment for them in the coming weeks. Make sure every parent has your contact information.

 

  • Make sure parents know when the open house is! Perhaps the most important aspect of a successful open house is getting the parents in the door. Don’t shy away from several different modes of communication, including the school newsletter, emails, a website bulletin or even personal phone calls from teachers.

Project Appleseed, family engagement, parental involvement public schools

"A 10% increase in parental participation (a form of social capital) would increase academic achievement far more than a 10% increase in school spending."

Project Appleseed, family engagement, parental involvement public schools

This is not an argument against school budget increases, but an argument for paying attention to social capital (Putnam, Sanders 2001). Research repeatedly correlates family engagement with student achievement, yet this strategy is rarely activated as an integral part of school reform efforts (Weiss et al, 2010).  Our program can increase family engagement in your school community!

Project Appleseed's Parental Involvement Toolbox is ourl program designed for educators and parent leaders to supersize and mobilize family engagement.

You get unlimited membershio reproduction rights to our web site content for distribution in newsletters, memos, booklets, pamphlets and more for one year!*

Learn family engagement with our In-person or Online training!. Utilize one of America's most accessible parent and family engagement leaders in your schools!

Download our slideshow: Strong Families, Strong Schools! Family engagement should be an essential strategy in building partnership with parents.

Pledge

AS A PARENT, GRANDPARENT, OR CARING ADULT, I hereby give my pledge of commitment to help our community’s children ....

Toolbox

Project Appleseed's Parental Involvement Toolbox is ourl program designed for educators and parent leaders to supersize and mobilize family engagement.

Report Card

Project Appleseed provides this self-diagnostic tool which is intended to help parents rate their contributions to their child's success at school.

Membership

You get unlimited membership reproduction rights to our web site content for distribution in newsletters, memos, booklets, pamphlets and more for one year!*

Checklist

How well does your school reach out to parents. The following questions can help you evaluate how well your school is reaching out to parents.

Training

Learn family engagement with our In-person or Online training!. Utilize one of America's most accessible parent and family engagement leaders in your schools!

Events

For 25 years we have lead American education with two celebrated events – National Parental Involvement Day and Public School Volunteer Week

Slideshow

Download our slideshow: Strong Families, Strong Schools! Family engagement should be an essential strategy in building partnership with parents.