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How to have a successful Parent Teacher Conference?
Aberdeen School District
Agenda Guide for Parent-Teacher Conferences
- Welcome & Introduction o Establish a relationship which is student-focused.
- Purpose of the Conference
- o To share collaborative information to meet the needs of your child.
- o Consider student-led conferences!
- Establish and Discuss Academic, Social and Behavioral Goals
- o Academic Goals- current progress monitoring, grading, achievement
- o Social Goals- general attitude about school, temperament & personality
- o Behavioral Goals- influence of peers, family, ‘favorites’, & expectations
- **Teacher Inquiry - building positive rapport, providing student work examples, setting goals for student success, and team building to improve student achievement.
- **Parent Inquiry- providing student expectations, support opportunities at home, and establishing open communication between home and school.
- Supplementary Support o Is additional support required for student success, such as the school counselor, administrator, special education or challenge teachers, other site-based resources?
- Post Conference Plan: o Establish next-steps for goals involving the student, parent and teacher via a timeline.
Conference Conclusion: o Exchange contact information for communication convenience.
o End on a positive note with clear expectations and take-aways.
**Suggested Teacher and Parent Inquiry Questions**
Suggested Teacher Inquiry Questions:
- What are your goals for your child this year?
- What specific concerns do you have about your child’s academic progress and/or social and behavioral goals?
- What general questions do you have about the classroom curriculum, standards, assessments or procedures?
- What concerns or questions do you or your child have about school?
- Does your child have any health problems which might affect his/her behavior or academic progress?
- Are there any other issues which I might need to be aware of to support your child while at school?
- What are the best ways/convenient times for us to communicate about your child?
- What can I answer for you that I may have not answered thus far?
- What are some parental tips used at home which I could support you with at school in regard to your child?
- What do you want me, as a teacher, to know about your child?
Parent Inquiry Questions:
- How is my child doing in your class? What are my child’s grades in each subject area?
- Is my child in any special classes, groups or programs? Why? What are the benefits?
- How does my child’s work compare to the expectations of grade level mastery?
- Is my child performing up to his/her ability? What can I do to help at home?
- What goals have been set for my child this year? Do you anticipate my child meeting those goals (academic/social/behavioral)? Why or why not? What programs are available if my child requires additional support?
- Has my child missed any classes or failed to complete any assignments?
- Does my child participate in class discussions, group work, or activities?
- How well does my child interact with his/her peers? Has my child been involved in any issues at school?
- What concerns, as a teacher, do you have regarding my child’s behavior or academic progress?
- What is the best way for us to communicate and collaborate for my child’s success in school?