So on Tuesday we have PTC 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and then on Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with Friday off. If you factor in 70 teachers and the cost to employ them for two days. You would expect a large turn out from 1200 student parents.
Clearly, since I'm writing this you've already guessed our turn out is poor. I believe PowerSchool (our parent notification system) helps keep parents more aware of their child's grades and less need to come see the teacher. Then many of the parents who do show are ones we really don't need to see.
So, how can we use this time more productivity? You might think we just cancel our PTC but we are a district and our elementary schools feel the need for this time. Factor in the union we clearly can't have students here if others don't or professional development when again others are working with parents.
Here are a few ideas I'm kicking around:
- Train teachers to focus on student skills and how those skills prepare them for college, workplace or the military. Then our meetings are focus to help parents with their child's next step not the grade. I understand we do that but I'd like to create a building focus approach.
- Look at our Career Planning program and setup meetings with parents and teachers to discuss their child's current plan and how they are progressing.
- We currently do provide some guidance on next years enrollment we could expand that to incorporate more information.
I'm sure some of you might be doing some different and I would love to hear from you. To comment just click on "comment" below.