Conferences Set for October 16th and 17th
A growing body of evidence suggests family engagement matters for student success. Research shows family engagement improves school readiness, student achievement, and social skills. As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. You and your child’s teacher have something in common: You both want your child to learn and do well. When parents and teachers talk to each other, each person can share important information about your child’s talents and needs. Each person can also learn something new about how to help your child.
Parent-teacher conferences are best when both people talk and listen. The conference is a time for you to learn about your child’s progress in school: Ask to see data about your child’s attendance, grades, and test scores. Find out if your child is meeting school expectations and academic standards. This is also a time for the teacher to learn about what your child is like at home.
Good parent-teacher conferences focus on how well the child is doing in school. Conferences can also provide conversation as to how the child can do even better. To get ready for the conference, look at your child’s homework, tests, and notices before the conference. Be sure to bring a list of questions that you would like to ask the teacher.
Just like you, teachers want your child to succeed. You will probably hear positive feedback about your child’s progress and areas for improvement. Be prepared by thinking about your child’s strengths and challenges beforehand. Be ready to ask questions about ways you and the teacher can help your child with some of his or her challenges.
Follow up by writing down the plan that is agreed to in the conference. Be sure to include your child in the follow-up. Show him or her how you will help with learning at home. Ask for his or her suggestions. Keep these principles in mind for a great parent-teacher conference:
Best intentions assumes
Emphasis on learning
Home – school collaboration
Examples and evidence
Respect for all
Dedication to follow-up
See you at this year’s conferences,