Research shows involvement from a parent or other caring adult is the biggest factor in determining a student’s success at school. But for many parents, that involvement is limited to a twice-a-year, 20-minute meeting known as the parent-teacher conference.
As Heather Weiss, founder and director of the Harvard Family Research Project, states, “Conferences are short, the info a parent receives is hard to interpret, and it’s unclear what actions a parent or the teacher should take to maximize the student’s strengths.” Perhaps the parent-teacher conference needs a new look.
Below are tips to maximize the value of conferences by encouraging participation, soliciting feedback and providing information parents can use to help their students succeed.
We hope these parent-teacher conference makeover tips can help you, your students and their parents get the most out of this precious time. Give one or more a try and watch the learning unfold—for all!
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