A Back to School night is like having a fish on the line…you can either reel it on, or let it get away. At Back to School events, your families are there. They want to learn, they are hopeful their child will succeed, and they want to be involved in supporting that success.
At the end of the day, the goal of a Back to School night or Open House is not to communicate all the rules and procedures, but to open the lines of communication and begin to establish an equal partnership between home and school.
That’s why it’s so important to take the time to really think through what you say and what you do at your Back to School Event.
Here are some of my “dos” and “don’ts” for back to school nights:
The most important thing you can communicate at a Back to School night or Open House is that you value your families. Think about it, at the end of the day, your families may not remember all the rules, facts about your life, or even the lesson you taught…what they’ll remember is that you made them feel welcomed and respected. That can help keep them coming back throughout the school year. If you’re interested in improving the way you reach out, welcome, and communicate with families, let me know.