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Parent teacherconference

  1. 1. Parent-Teacher Conference Collaborating for Success
  2. 2. Published by NEA: Good News about America’s Public Schools Kentucky November 2003
  3. 3. Parents Need to Be More Involved: <ul><li>Parents in Kentucky need to be more involved in their children’s education. In Kentucky, just 72% of 4 th grade parents and just 31% of 8 th grade parents participate in parent-teacher conferences -one of the lowest levels of participation in the country. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Important Steps to Include
  5. 5. The SETTING
  6. 6. <ul><li>Make the conference area as comfortable as possible. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Soft, background music
  8. 8. Provide Light Refreshments
  9. 10. CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS
  10. 11. MEET and GREET them at the door.
  11. 12. <ul><li>Use ADULT size </li></ul><ul><li>CHAIRS </li></ul><ul><li>facing each other. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Provide PAPER and PENS so that parents can take notes.
  13. 14. Provide materials that parents can take home: <ul><li>Information on homework </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions for how to help children at home and at school </li></ul><ul><li>Upcoming schools activities </li></ul><ul><li>Invitations to join parent group meetings </li></ul>
  14. 15. The CONFERENCE
  15. 16. <ul><li>Take the sandwich approach. </li></ul>BE PREPARED
  16. 17. <ul><li>Begin with something positive. </li></ul>Work your way into what needs to be improved upon. Finish with something positive.
  17. 18. LISTEN to what parents have to say.
  18. 19. <ul><li>Above all, thank them for taking time to come and meet with you on the day of the conference. </li></ul>
  19. 20. GLOWS & GROWS Be prepared with notes on the child and put them into two categories: This will help you focus on the student’s strengths and needs both academically and behaviorally.
  20. 21. <ul><li>When you communicate with parents throughout the year, there will be no surprises. </li></ul>
  21. 22. <ul><li>REMEMBER.... </li></ul><ul><li>You are the expert! </li></ul>

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