5 Tips For Successful Parent Conferences

It’s almost time! Parent conferences are fast approaching. I love meeting with the parents of my students because it is a significant part of a child’s education. So I wanted to put together a helpful list of tips for teachers during parent conferences.

Tip #1:                 

Be Specific

Specify where the student is academically and where they should be at this time in the year.

It’s essential that parents have a clear picture of their child’s academic performance so they can support their child at home as well. Bridging the gap between home and school is important and consist of effective communication. Teamwork and collaboration is key.

Tip #2:

Show student work samples.

Parents love to see the work that their child is doing at school. This also provides essential feedback on what the student should continue to work on and where their strengths are highlighted. This is also a great time to set some clear and measurable goals for the student with the parents input.

Tip #3:

Take notes…

I always make sure to have a notepad and pen ready to take notes during my conferences. This serves as a reference when I need to remember something important that a parent told me or a question that I need to follow up on for the parent.

Tip #4:

Questions???

To make sure that I have addressed everything that I need to during conferences, I always ask the parents if they have any questions at the end of the conference or even if they need something clarified. It’s important to make sure that we are all on the same page since this ensures student success in the long run.

Tip #5:

Have handouts available…

Parents really appreciate resources, especially ones that help them to continue to support their child at home. These resources can be helpful tips to reinforce skills that were taught in class, educational sites, or even book suggestions.

CLICK HERE for a helpful parent conference planning resource!

Happy Planning!

Denesha

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