Guide to Parent-Teacher Conferences
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Successful parent-teacher conferences don't just happen. They require thoughtful preparation. The goal in conferences is to make allies of parents in the ongoing task of teaching students effectively. If parents understand your goals and support them, then students can have confidence that they are achieving in a healthy learning environment.
This collection of articles will help you prepare for conferences, explain progress and outline educational goals to parents. (For a collection of articles from the parents' perspective, see, Parent Guide to School Involvement. )
If you're a new teacher, use these helpful resources for planning your first parent-teacher conferences. They include sample forms, suggestions for the arranging the setting, and advice on conducting the conference.
As an educator who is committed to providing the strongest learning experiences possible, as well as searching for new ways to grow professionally, you will find that strengthening observation and recording skills is key. Technology can help with these goals.
Wilford discusses the wide variety of approaches to conferencing with parents that can be seen in early childhood centers and schools.
Nicole Sledge, our high school teacher advisor, provides practical strategies and tools. These tips help the new teacher maintain parent connections that will ensure teens' success.
See how portfolios, rubrics, and progress reports can help you track student progress and provide you with a useful record of each student's work, which can be shared with parents and school personnel.