Getting the Most Out of Parent-Teacher Conferences

Getting the Most Out of Parent-Teacher Conferences
October means its time for parent-teacher conferences, a critical bridge between school and home, as well as an opportunity to support your child’s academic development. Research has shown that parental involvement has a positive impact on academic achievement, attendance rates and attitudes about schools.
During conferences, teachers may share student data, assignments, quizzes and/or test or progress reports. Since most Parent-Teacher Conferences are limited to 15-20 minutes, it’s a good idea to bring a list of questions and concerns to address during the meeting. Paradise Valley School District (PVSchools) Communications Specialist Becky Kelbaugh has tips for parents to make the most out of this one-on-one time with teachers.
What to Share:
  1. Improvements you’ve noticed in your child
  2. If something is going on at home such as an illness, divorce or a new baby
  3. Your appreciation for the teacher or school’s efforts
  4. Your concern and desired areas of improvement for your child or additional assistance requested from the teacher
What to Ask:
  1. If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan, ask the teacher if he or she has reviewed it yet
  2. How your child interacts with other students
  3. How your child is doing emotionally
  4. How your child is doing academically
  5. Is my child performing at grade level
  6. How your child is doing compared to the rest of the class
  7. Which areas does your child excel
  8. Which areas does your child need improvement
  9. Does the teacher feel that your child is doing his or her best
  10. How can you help your child at home
If you still have questions or concerns about your child’s progress after the Parent-Teacher Conference, email or call the teacher to set up another time to discuss concerns or questions more in depth.
For more information about the Paradise Valley Unified School District, visit


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