Open House or Curriculum Night; The Best Ever
Open House or Curriculum Night is coming full speed ahead at you. Start your planning now and use a few cues from photographers to make it the best night ever. The steps are honestly the same and getting the picture just right is the ultimate goal.
Open House or Curriculum Night Planning:
Make Certain you know what will be the focus for that night. Do you want your teachers to focus on:
- what the students have been doing?
- what your new curriculum is like?
- why and how you use homework?
- what the structure of the school day is like?
- what the teacher’s expectations are for a class?
What you focus on, is what will grow and/or change. Think about what is really the purpose of this evening and then share that vision with your staff. Be deliberate in your message and get buy in from your staff to really hone in on the FOCUS.
Lighting is an important part of taking a great picture. Let’s lighten things up!!! Have some fun with your Open House or Curriculum Night. Bring in some hot dogs and chips for those busy families that are coming straight from work. Maybe a few raffles would be fun and they don’t have to cost you anything – – I would love the front spot in the car line at my kids elementary school… or a pass to all home games from the high school.
Bringing in fun and purpose to your Open House or Curriculum Night is a great way to create community and build a relationship with your families.
This is your time and your administration’s time to shake hands and get to know people. If you are standing in the courtyard and no one is talking to you, walk up and introduce yourself. (Seriously… it goes a long way) People can be intimidated by the PRINCIPAL (Dean, Guidance Counselor, Assistant Principal, etc.) Make the effort to make the families of your school feel welcome.
If you have a huge school consider editing your Open House or Curriculum Night to just one grade level or subject area or new families vs. old families. Inviting the entire school population at one time can be challenging to manage and limits your ability to ensure it runs smoothly. Get out of the box to think about how to handle this and remember some families have lots of kids at your school.
Editing also comes in to play, when you look at the amount of information that is handed out. Learning a new school or a new process is sometimes challenging. Think about your focus and then edit down to ensure your families leave with mastery of the objectives you have set in place based on your focus.