Parent-Teacher Conference Best Practices
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
2 DCYF MERIT STARS CEUs available
(Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families)
2 Hour Workshop for Caregivers, Teachers, Administrators, Owners, and Directors
“Don't believe everything you hear in the teacher's lounge. Most parent-teacher conferences are cordial, productive, and informative. If meetings do happen to go awry, what matters is getting back on track.”
- Shoshana Wolfe
Research demonstrates that parental involvement is crucial to student success, yet many caregivers, teachers, and administrators struggle to connect meaningfully with parents. Three important benefits of effective parent-teacher meetings are 1) caregivers have the opportunity to understand their students’ family lives; 2) parents receive information so that they may more effectively support their children’s schooling; and 3) all adults may increase rapport and trust with one another in service of the children. There are some simple approaches to "setting the table" and conducting meetings that will put both parents and teachers at ease and facilitate collaborative conversations.
Many times, when teachers and administrators experience lackluster conferences or even dissatisfying interactions with parents in general, it is because they are missing key elements of successful communication practices and/or misunderstanding what parents are asking from them.
feedback from attendees
"The nice environment made me feel welcome (tea, food, nice bathroom)"
Join us for a frank conversation and sharing with colleagues about what works and what doesn't in meetings with the parents of our students! We will self-assess our meeting habits, and come away with doable steps for providing preview, warmth, and ongoing connection with parents.