A collection of effective resources, ideas, and practices for keeping parents informed and involved all year long
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
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.
Articles and other resources on parent conferences, from preparations and explaining students' progress to writing report cards.
Seasoned teachers share their secrets about preparing for parent-teacher conferences.
Learn the benefits of student-lead conferences. When students take the lead, parents and teachers alike gain insight about the child's learning.
Review some tips for handling parent-teacher meetings.
Get Parents Involved
See strategies that work such as deputizing a class mom and hosting monthly family nights.
Clever ways to get parents involved at your school.
New teachers, make a board that you can use to organize take-home notes. First year teachers will also find these that these ideas come in handy for tracking progress towards students'goals.
Communication Tips and Strategies
Ongoing, clear lines of communication at the beginning of the year mean fewer problems later in the year.
Here's how to open lines of communication with parents, ones that will last all year long and that will lead to relationships that are respectful, reciprocal, inclusive, thoughtful, and planned.
A teacher reveals the convenience and benefits of communicating with parents via postcards.
A first-grade teacher explains how she keeps parents actively involved from day one.
Effective practices, strategies, and tips for keeping parents informed and involved all year long.
Teacher advisor Jeremy Brunaccioni explains to new teachers how a digital camera helped him grab parents'attention. First year teachers will learn a creative way to keep the lines of parent-teacher communication open.
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to create and use a newsletter template to keep in touch with 25-30 different households.
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.
A wealth of teacher-tested ideas for drawing all families into the school community.
Weve compiled a list of resources that focus on building mutual trust with parents, including articles on parent-teacher conferences, open school night, and how to involve hard-to-reach parents.
New teachers perk up your ears. Middle school teacher Kechia Williams explains how a variety of communication methods keep parents connected. First year teachers will start off right with these smart strategies.
Follow these simple steps for communicating with parents whose first language is not English, so that you can encourage families to support student learning outside the classroom.
Appear more approachable and encourage parents to contact you by adopting these eight tips.
Open School Night
Is open school night fast approaching? Here are 44 tips, activity ideas, and last-minute reminders to guarantee a great back-to-school celebration.
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.
Assessment Guru Grant Wiggins offers advice on measuring student progress. focuses on expanding the assessment repertoire to include profiles of achievement.