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Parent Teacher Conferences: What's new, fresh ideas and best practices from education thought leaders and technology specialists. Sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education and VolunteerSpot, the leading ...

Parent Teacher Conferences: What's new, fresh ideas and best practices from education thought leaders and technology specialists. Sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education and VolunteerSpot, the leading FREE, easy online parent-teacher conference scheduling tool.

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  • We’re doing overall very good, but there are some clear gaps b/t parents and teachers in how we perceive each other and our participation and engagement for our kids. Goal to close the gap and PT Conference is a very powerful touch point for moving forward.
  • VS expertise in Parent Engagement. Explain Journey. PT Conference is one Touch-point on tourist…Bigger picture of engaging parents to be advocates for their child’s education AND the School/Community overall!!
  • Would prefer multi-day to get help with prep too. Maybe you can speak to it and add a screen shot for ‘copy’ – (if you’re committing to recurring service like helping at the food bank or mentoring program?
  • Would prefer multi-day to get help with prep too. Maybe you can speak to it and add a screen shot for ‘copy’ – (if you’re committing to recurring service like helping at the food bank or mentoring program?

Parent teacher conferences & partnerships Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Parent-Teacher Conferences: Best Practices & Building Partnerships
  • 2. Karen Bantuveris Joe Mazza Lisa Dabbs Founder & CEO Principal, #PTChat #ntchat, Edu Consultant @VolunteerSpot @Joe_Mazza @Teachingwthsoul Greg Garner Pernille Ripp Glenn YetterEducational Technologist 5th Grade Teacher 6th Grade teacher @Classroom_Tech @Pernille Ripp @CoachYetter
  • 3. AgendaWelcome & Why We’re HereRecent Survey Results – KarenConference Game Plan and Tips – LisaStudent Led Conferences – GlennDocumenting Learning with New Tech – GregBuilding Ongoing Parent-Teacher-Student Relationships – JoeQ& A – AllResources & VolunteerSpot Demo: Free Parent-TeacherConference Scheduler – Karen
  • 4. Recent Survey ResultsParenting Magazine / NEA Survey April 2012 45% parents gave their teachers an “A” for parent relationships 88 percent of parents consider their child’s teacher a partner BUT… Only 54 percent of teachers feel that parents do their part at home to ensure kids the most out of classroom learning 93% of teachers believe parents are given the opportunity to offer input into and participate in school events and activities, HOWEVER… 25% parents say they feel shut out of the collaboration process
  • 5. Parent Engagement Journey Thanks to Chris Jarvis, @RealizedWorth
  • 6. VolunteerSpot Survey ResultsParents rate last conference:85% Excellent or GoodTeachers rate last round ofconferences:92% Excellent or Good
  • 7. What Are Our Teachers Doing? What % Pre-conference questions for parents 24% Student Portfolios (paper) 73% Student Portfolios (electronic) 18% Student-Led Conferences 14% Use an Agenda 55% Prepare Action Plans for Students 60% Prepare Action Plans for Parents 35% Parent Resource List 65% Virtual Parent Meetings 7%
  • 8. Lisa Michelle Dabbs M.Ed @TeachingwthSoulEducational Consultant & Speaker, Los Angeles, CA #ntchat Founder , Edutopia Core Blogger, Edupad Representative
  • 9. Begin on a Positive NoteCommunicate with Parentsright awayAsk parents for the best wayto reach themUse a variety ofcommunication tools
  • 10. Establish your Conference Calendar Take time to setup appointments and follow up TIP: VolunteerSpot Makes it easy! Keep data base with parent contacts Include a map of the campus Set expectations for discussions Hold a phone or Skype conference if parents can’t attend
  • 11. Create Student Portfolios Establish a method to share Consider Electronic tools (DropBox, wikis, Google Drive, etc.) Capture work samples each week If Student-Led, set clear guidelines and deadlines
  • 12. Have a Conference Day PlanStart and end on time! TIP: Set a timer!Share an agenda to guide discussionAsk questions, take notes, LISTENStop and re-schedule if conferencebecomes unproductive
  • 13. Focus on Whole ChildFocus on strengths and shareseveralInclude 1 or 2 opportunities forimprovementShare social observations withpeers and adultsLet parents know they can sharetheir concerns with you anytime
  • 14. Invite Parents to your TeamAsk how they would like toparticipateHave volunteer opportunitiesplanned and make it easy forparents to signupDo they have a special talent? Remember! ParentsShare Web2.0 tools for home- need to feel valued andschool collaboration DO, when you include them!
  • 15. Welcome to My Glenn Yetter @CoachYetterStudent-Led Hatfield, PAConference
  • 16. What are they? Students are trained in the specific skills necessary to engage their parents in a discussion about their academic progress Hey Mom & Dad…look at my success! Goals- Students will: 1. Learn to set goals 2. Evaluate their own work 3. Improve communication and organization skills 4. Take an active role in their learning
  • 17. Portfolios:The Centerpiece of the Conference Portfolios are…a purposeful collection of student work that tells a storyof academic progress. It reveals the child’s knowledge,skills, interests, and attitudes towards learning.
  • 18. Student Script
  • 19. Student Report Card Review
  • 20. Presentation HighlightsReflection sheets for each subject – guides discussionCreate a slide for each subjectReview Successful Learner segment of report cardPRACTICE!!Hold chair for parents, establishes tone of meetingUse TECH! PowerPoint, Prezi, Slide ShareThis is a conference…NOT a reading
  • 21. Greg Garner @Classroom_TechWest Ridge Middle School, Austin, TX
  • 22. Technology Provides Options Communication Flexibility Changing Learning Paradigms
  • 23. Video conferenceFile and screensharing (show exactlywhat you see on yourscreen)
  • 24. Shareable,multimedia portfoliosfrom anydevice/machineOrganized by tags,notebooks, andsearchDeep integrationwith variety oftools/appsOCR, indexed PDFs,audio and text notes Resources: http://evernote.com/schools/resources/topics/k12/
  • 25. Student learningcommunityParent accesson-going, just-in-time,asynchronouslearning andassessment
  • 26. SpEd and 504 Use portfolios to show progress in learning and impact of accommodations on the learning process Documentation can be tied to and stored with student work samples Example: Evernote with audio records and feedback plus student assignments, shared with the parents via Edmodo or SkypeSet the stage for your next ARD or 504 meetingduring Conferences - Introduce digital tools!
  • 27. Joe Mazza @Joe_Mazza Lead Learner @knappelementary, Philadelphia, PA~ @penngse student studying home-school partnerships 2.0 ~ Host of (Parent-Teacher) #PTchat Weds 9EDT
  • 28. Building Parent-Teacher Relationships going FORWARDA chance to show yourinvestment in face toface communication,relationship building.
  • 29. What is the best means of 2 way communication for you?http://bit.ly/PTChat2Way
  • 30. How you will differentiate for varying home tech environments? ASK - "What access to online resources does your child have at home?" 10 Websites to Bookmark on your student’s home computer: http://bit.ly/HomeComputerBookmarks
  • 31. Before the meeting ends, reinforce collaborationASK: "how can"we" better meetthe needs of yourchild?"
  • 32. Demonstrate PartnershipSmall gestures showthe extra care andcommitment you willdeliver to childthroughout theschool year.When possible, walkthe parent out.
  • 33. Questions & Comments?
  • 34. Resources to Sharehttp://vols.pt/4r (caps matter) Link to recorded webinar Articles, check-sheets and templates for Teachers Articles & Links to share with Parents Tech Guides for Teachers & Parents
  • 35. Karen Bantuveris Joe Mazza Lisa Dabbs Founder & CEO Principal, #PTChat #ntchat, Edu Consultant @VolunteerSpot @Joe_Mazza @Teachingwthsoul @VSpotMom Greg Garner Pernille Ripp Glenn YetterEducational Technologist 5th Grade Teacher 6th Grade teacher @Classroom_Tech @Pernille Ripp @CoachYetter
  • 36. FREE, Easy Parent Conference Scheduling & RemindersVolunteerSpot.comPlease stay for aquick DEMO (< 5 min)
  • 37. VolunteerSpot Demo
  • 38. Parents Get Invited
  • 39. Parents Click to Sign Up NO PASSWORDS
  • 40. Choose Their Spot
  • 41. Choose Their Spot
  • 42. Confirm Their Spot
  • 43. Stay Connected
  • 44. How VolunteerSpotWorks
  • 45. Register or Sign In
  • 46. Launch Planning Wizard
  • 47. Choose your ActivityType
  • 48. Enter Activity Info
  • 49. PremiumAdd Extra Info. Fields Version Only Up to 5 Fields
  • 50. Enter Organizer Info.
  • 51. Select First ConferenceDay
  • 52. Plan the Day
  • 53. Add ‘Spots’: Jobs,Shifts &Things to Bring
  • 54. Add ‘Spot’ Details
  • 55. Add More ‘Spots’
  • 56. Add ‘Spot’ Info.
  • 57. Conference Time List
  • 58. Review Spots
  • 59. Status Calendar
  • 60. Copy Day
  • 61. Copy Day
  • 62. Wa – La!
  • 63. Send Draft to Review
  • 64. Invite Parents to Sign up
  • 65. Invite Parents to Sign up
  • 66. Copy Entire Sign up
  • 67. Give Activity a NewName
  • 68. Continue for EachTeacher
  • 69. How VolunteerSpotWorks
  • 70. Activity Status View
  • 71. More Assistance