On the scale of Painful to Fun, where would you rank your parent group’s meetings? I’ve written a lot over the years about how parent group leaders tend to overemphasize meetings. Meetings are a helpful organizational tool; they’re not a measure of parent involvement. Lots of groups have great overall involvement despite attracting only five or 10 people to monthly meetings. Still, many leaders use meetings as a recruiting tool. “How can I get involved?” “Come to our meeting on the second Wednesday.” If you do that, and even if you don’t, efficient and well-run meetings will make more people want to participate and will lower the stress level on your regulars. My number one tip: Limit meetings to a maximum of one hour. If you set an agenda and follow it, get officers together to prepare in advance, and let committees do the detail work, you can do it.
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