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Parent Conferences

These ten sites, filled with advice, tips, and practical resources, can help ensure that your parent-teacher conferences are a pleasant and positive collaborative experience for all.

Parent-teacher conferences can be the bane of a teachers existence -- or a valuable opportunity to establish a collaborative working relationship between home and school. The difference is often in the planning and the approach. The sites below will help make each of your parent-teacher conferences a positive experience for you, your students, and their families.

Communication with Parents
This Scholastic site provides a number of articles on establishing and maintaining good relationships with parents throughout the year -- which, of course, is the number one way to make parent-teacher conferences productive and stress-free -- as well as articles that deal specifically with parent-conference preparation. Also included are sample conference-preparation forms, and audio of a Teacher Radio discussion about parent-conferences.

Parent Conference Considerations
In this excerpt from The Classroom Teachers Survival Guide, Teachervision shares more than 30 teacher tips on what you can do to ensure that everyone involved gets the maximum benefit from a parent-teacher conference.

Parent-Teacher Conference Dos and Donts
The New York State United Teachers federation provides this list of 20 Dos and Donts (10 of each) for surviving parent-teacher conference from the organizations Survival Guide for teachers. Tips range from DO greet parents warmly at the door" to DONT end the conference on a negative note."

Parent-Teacher Conference Form Generator
Just type in your name and click to generate an easy-to-use conference form that includes fields for family and teacher concerns, a plan of action, and signatures.