Hello! This upcoming school year, I am wanting to try some new things to get my parents more involved. I have learned that the more involved the parent, the more the student is involved ad engaged more in their learning and have a greater sense of seriousness about their education. I teach in a very low SES school where there is little to no parental involvement. I've been trying to understand the reasons why our parents shy away from coming to school. In the past years, I have'nt felt very successful in connecting with my parents. This year I want to build a community with my students and their parents with one another. Here are just a few ideas. Please let me know what you think... 1.) Have monthly potluck dinners where I would buy the pizza, parents buy the side dishes. We will discuss the skills we're learning at the time, strategies the parents can try w/their kids at home, etc. 2.) Try to make a point to call each parent at least once a month to give a "praise report" of only positive things about their child. 3.)Home visits to each parent that were unable to come to parent-teacher conferences 4.)Maybe every 3 months, have a skate night where we meet a the local skating rink to have a night of fun together. Well this is what I have so far, if you have others that you have tried or think would be cool, please let me know. Thank you!!!