Parent-teacher conferences initiate or continue a conversation about your son's academic performance. They help form a partnership to further his education.
Conferences take place in the Heider Center, where teachers are seated in alphabetical order and counselors are in the upper track area. On that day, you can enter the arena from the east parking lot or via the commons next to the west parking lot.
Be sure to print your son's progress report from PowerSchool and bring it with you.
Conferences with each teacher are typically five minutes or less.
Before the conferences
- Let your son know that you are going to visit his teachers.
- Ask him to tell you about each of his classes.
- Is there is something he would like you to ask or tell the teacher?
- Look at your son’s notebooks and assignments.
- This perspective may make the teacher’s comments more meaningful.
At the conferences
- Don’t hesitate to ask about specific points.
- behavior, homework, class participation, work habits, basic skills, social interaction, attendance, tests, attitude, morale, etc.
- Focus on one or two specific points.
- The goal is to identify problems (if there are any), not to necessarily solve them at that time.
- If more time is needed, make an appointment with the teacher for a future visit or phone call.
After the conferences
- Summarize your findings, with a course of action with your son.
- Follow up on his adherence to that plan.
- Ask him to assess his own strengths and weaknesses.
What is he going to do about what his teachers have said?
Our hope is that one or two of these suggestions will make your conferences a more effective and valuable experience.