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5 Resources for Parent-Teacher Conferences

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A man and woman are sitting across from each other in armchairs, smiling.

For many educators, conferences are coming up soon, and it can be a stressful time. To help parents and educators prepare for parent-teacher conferences, we've rounded up a variety of web resources. 

From ideas for highlighting student progress, to questions every parent should ask, these are some of our favorite articles and resources that cover parent-teacher conferencing. Enjoy the rest of the school year!

Inviting Students to Lead Conferences

Student-led conferences empower learners to take ownership of their accomplishments and their classroom goals. Yet, for many teachers, it can be a challenge figuring out how to best facilitate them. In 2015, Edutopia examined how one school in Chicago uses student-led conferences to create opportunities for reflection, engagement, and agency.

You'll find some wonderful resources in that collection. Here are a few more ideas, guides, and tips for letting students take the lead during parent-teacher conferences:

Parent-Teacher Conference Reading List

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neelakantam's picture

In this blog we saw that school administration conducted the parent-teacher meeting. This is very useful to Parents. How to attend the meeting and what will we do in that school. The school conducts the meeting on spring season. They arranged the meeting on end of the year. So people learn many things from this blog. This blog is very useful to Ours. Thanking you.

TODD SENTELL's picture
Author of the hilarious schoolhouse memoir, "Can't Wait to Get There. Can't Wait to Leave"


At the beginning of the spring semester one year, a helicopter parent team came to meet with all of their eighth grade son's teachers. The couple said we're tired of helicoptering and enabling and pretty much doing all of his work for him. It's sink-or-swim time, they said, and we've told him so, too. He knows we're meeting with you today.

I liked this. I liked this a lot. My fellow teachers and I winked at each other. And I liked their son, too. He was oblivious to the educational fun around him, but he had good manners and he was respectful. I just never knew he was alive some days, even though his eyes were open and I could see him breathing. I often thought about tossing a hissing firecracker at him to help increase his level of interest in what we were doing. I'm sure he would have looked at the shredded firecracker on his desk, looked at me, looked back at the shreds, and then looked at the clock on the wall to see how much longer he had to endure sitting in a class not doing or saying anything. All that without blinking.

Anyway, so we all let him sink or swim. He chose to furiously tread water. He made it out of eighth grade just fine. I don't know how the parents turned out. I'm assuming they got on with their lives and were enjoying themselves.

Laura Calhoon's picture

The parent conference considerations from TeacherVision's was very helpful to prepare for individual conferences. The resources for parents on what to do before, during, and after conferences are also very helpful for parents, as it helps to explain the purpose of conferences so parents know what to expect. Nothing should ever be a surprise to the parents at the conference!

Aine's picture

I am glad that I have read this article. I have learned helpful strategies to use during a conference. I also believe that students should be present during conferences because the parent or student will not blame the teacher. I have found the videos useful too. I have enjoyed viewing the different types of conferences in action. I am feel better prepared for my conference which will be held at the end of the month.

elena's picture

This is a great resource! It helped me come up with some ideas on how to keep the meeting productive and positive when you are communicating with parents.

Heather Kluit's picture

It's great to see student-led conferences and the different spins schools have put on them. As an educator who has been doing them for the last 8 years we have moved away from students solely sitting and talking with their parents about their learning to them showcasing their learning. They read to them, show their work on the walls and talk about the process they went through, play learning games or teach them how to do something. This then empowers students to take ownership of their learning. It also engages parents in the learning process by giving them an insight of what their children does at school and where they are at in their learning.

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