Informal Enrichment Connection Nights

Create enrichment opportunities for parents and students to connect with teachers in informal settings.

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Create enrichment opportunities for parents and students to connect with teachers around the building through informal settings like an evening of painting, dancing or even a school-wide book club. 

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I had the opportunity to host at "Paint with a Teacher Night" at a KIPP school where I used to be an administrator in the Fall. The parents, teachers, and students all had a blast and reported that they would love to continue to participate in enrichment events as such. The parents reported that they enjoyed seeing how their child interacted with the teacher and they felt empowered as well.

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I love this idea and can see lots of different ways it could play out...board game nights, sporting activities where parents, students, and teachers play together, lots of different activities in the arts. What a great way for parents and teachers to really connect and learn more about each other in a positive, fun setting. It reminds me of the quote (not sure of the author) "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." I wonder how the idea would play out in a secondary setting? What activities could be planned that would make middle and high school students want to participate with their parents and teachers together?

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