Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Seattle Eastside
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Each grade has its own curriculum night here.
The PTA is not involved, it's strictly a school function.
Our program also has their own curriculum nights (by grade). I can't speak to what's in the general ed curriculum night, having never been to one, but in our program the teacher outlines basic guidelines/expectations/procedures while volunteering in the class (our program requires each family do 80 hours of volunteer classroom support during the year), a tour of the classroom to show us where all the materials are, ect, the basic plan for the year, a chance to look over the math/reading curriculum. We also get an overview of field trips and study units for the year. And it's a chance for people in the class to get to know their class rep for the program as well.
The kindy curriculum nights were more low key, it was more of an extended meet and greet with the teacher. Open houses around here are brief (an hour, the day before school starts) and they're not great opportunities to have a chance to talk to the teacher since of course they are wanting to be sure to greet and talk with the *students* primarily during that time. Curriculum night is a great place to ask questions and have some discussion with the teacher, though of course you aren't going to have a ton of time like you would at a conference.
I think they are worth going to. Even in general ed, many teachers will have extra sign ups for volunteering in class or at home there. So if you want to do that and haven't had a chance to, that's probably a good place to get more information about when the teacher wants people to come in and for what.