I teach in a very urban/high poverty school. We are trying to boost parent involvement and reach out to them in general. Grades 5 and 6 (2 classrooms per grade, about 100 kids total) are in a wing of their own in our building so we're trying to brainstorm a parent workshop event that will be productive, helpful, and successful (in terms of attendance). Has anybody hosted an event in the evening (or during the day) where parents have been invited to come and you thought it was a success? What was the nature of the event? How did you attract parents? Did anyone have success in a school where parent involvement is typically low? My initial thought is to have a workshop that focuses around the importance of reading every night, how to pick out "good fit" books, and strategies for reading WITH your child. If I can find some donors I'd like to be able to have a book giveaway. Other thoughts??