©2013 Cengage Learning.
All Rights Reserved.
What do you know about the purposes of parent
conferences?
 Can you identify some of the strategies for
planning and cond...
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To provide a developmental overview

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To provide time and privacy

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To increase mutual knowledge

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To formulate g...
Explain purpose of conference to parents
 Plan for uninterrupted time
 Plan for private location
 Plan goals and materi...
©2013 Cengage Learning.
All Rights Reserved.
©2013 Cengage Learning.
All Rights Reserved.
Help parents feel at ease
 Begin with positive attitude and comments
 Encourage parent participation


◦ Active listeni...


Consider any experiences you have had
participating in or observing parent-teacher
conferences. Can you recall specific...


Avoid using technical terminology



Avoid the role of “expert”



Avoid negative evaluations

©2013 Cengage Learning...


Avoid unprofessional conversation



Avoid giving advice



Avoid rushing into solutions

©2010 Cengage Learning.
All...


Can you describe a specific example of each
pitfall? It is important to recognize these.

©2013 Cengage Learning.
All R...
Planning for follow up and next steps
 Self-evaluation


◦ How prepared was I?
◦ How well did I listen?
◦ How well did I...


Productive parent-teacher conferences need:

◦ Planning and preparation to achieve goals
◦ Time and privacy for discuss...
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  1. 1. ©2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
  2. 2. What do you know about the purposes of parent conferences?  Can you identify some of the strategies for planning and conducting parent conferences?  What are some of the pitfalls to avoid in parent conferences?  ©2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
  3. 3.  To provide a developmental overview  To provide time and privacy  To increase mutual knowledge  To formulate goals ©2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
  4. 4. Explain purpose of conference to parents  Plan for uninterrupted time  Plan for private location  Plan goals and materials to be discussed  Prepare parents for their participatory role  ©2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
  5. 5. ©2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
  6. 6. ©2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
  7. 7. Help parents feel at ease  Begin with positive attitude and comments  Encourage parent participation  ◦ Active listening: paraphrasing and reflecting  Summarize for parents ◦ Copies of assessment tools ©2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
  8. 8.  Consider any experiences you have had participating in or observing parent-teacher conferences. Can you recall specific examples of some of these principles in action? Or, can you identify which of these principles would have improved the conferences? ©2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
  9. 9.  Avoid using technical terminology  Avoid the role of “expert”  Avoid negative evaluations ©2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
  10. 10.  Avoid unprofessional conversation  Avoid giving advice  Avoid rushing into solutions ©2010 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
  11. 11.  Can you describe a specific example of each pitfall? It is important to recognize these. ©2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
  12. 12. Planning for follow up and next steps  Self-evaluation  ◦ How prepared was I? ◦ How well did I listen? ◦ How well did I involve the parents?  Parent evaluation ◦ How valuable was the conference? ◦ Did I get new ideas about my child? ©2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
  13. 13.  Productive parent-teacher conferences need: ◦ Planning and preparation to achieve goals ◦ Time and privacy for discussion ◦ Strategies to facilitate two-way communication and sharing of information, questions, and ideas ◦ Respect for each participant’s expertise ◦ A positive focus on child’s progress and development. ©2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
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