At the end of this week, Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held across all divisions – ES, MS, and HS.
Even though the conference-style is a little different from division to division, here are a few things that you can do in preparation, regardless of your child’s grade-level.
Before the Conference
- Discuss with your child what goals they may have for their continuous growth in school.
- Write down questions or concerns that your child may have.
- Write down any specific questions or concerns that you want to discuss at the conference.
Starting the Conference
- Arrive on time.
- Begin in a positive frame of mind, remember that Parent-Teacher Conferences are a way for everyone involved to help your child make the most of their school year.
During the Conference
- Take notes so that you can remember what was discussed. Notes are also helpful if you need to follow up on something.
- Share any questions you have prepared.
- Ask the teacher to explain, if there is something you do not understand.
- Share questions or any issues you have concerning your child.
- Discuss clear goals for your child’s continuous growth at school.
- Ask the teacher how you can support learning at home.
Ending the Conference
- Review the goals set for your child and the support that will be provided at home and at school.
- Be respectful of your scheduled conference time. Many parents will have scheduled meetings with the teachers.
After the Conference
- Follow through on commitments made for home supports.
- Follow up with teachers to make sure that the school supports are being provided.