Parent Teacher Conference

Preparing for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences are an excellent way to get to know your child’s teacher and establish a working relationship early on in the school year. It is also possible for other school staff members, such as the school nurse, speech therapist or resource teacher to attend the meeting. If you would like other school staff members to attend your child’s Parent-Teacher Conference, please request this through your child’s teacher in advance.

Before the conference 

  • Take time to review the work your child has brought home. You may see patterns that you want to talk about with the teacher. Bring the work with you if you have questions.
  • Review your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan, if applicable.  Ensure that you are familiar with the services and accommodations that the school should be providing. This is also a good time to review the progress that your child has made to his/her IEP goals.  
  • Make a list of any concerns that you have regarding your child’s progress in both academics and social skills. 
  • Ask your child what he/she likes, dislikes, what is hard and what is easy at school. This may help you anticipate conversations that may come up during the conference. 
  • Review the school’s website and make sure you are checking your school’s online parent communication system periodically to check your child’s grades, attendance, etc.

At the conference

  • Inquire if the teacher would like his/her students to attend the parent-teacher conference.
  • Leave your other children at home if possible. This will allow for an open and honest discussion regarding your child.
  • Be on time. Usually, there are multiple conferences scheduled in a row.  
  • Bring questions that you have written for the teacher.
  • Some questions to ask might include:
  1. What are your goals and expectations for your students this year?
  2. How is my child measuring up to your expectations and to his/ her abilities?
  3. Do you have copy of my child’s IEP or 504 Plan? 
  4. What can I do to reinforce my child’s learning at home?
  5. How much time should my child spend on homework?
  6. What do you see as my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
  7. Does my child have close friends? 
  8. How well does my child get along with the other students?
  9. What is the best way to get in touch with you?

 

  • Be prepared to take notes during the conference and ask for an explanation if you don’t understand something.
  • Remember to praise and thank the teacher for taking the time to meet with you. 
  • Follow up with the teacher in a few weeks to check on any needed academic/social improvements that the teacher suggested. 

For further information or assistance please call Exceptional Family Member Program at (928) 269-2949 or School Liaison Office at (928) 269-5373.

 

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