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Category : Parenting Tips

Conversation Starters for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday , January 20 , 2022

Spring K-8 parent-teacher conferences will be on January 24-28, and each school will work with their community to determine if conferences will be held in-person or virtual.  A parent can always request an in-person meeting if they feel they need to. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences bridge the connection between home and school and are a valuable opportunity to support your child's academic development while having an open conversation with your teacher. 

Before your meeting, take a few minutes to review your child's assignments and grades online through the Infinite Campus Online Gradebook portal

During your conference, you'll have a limited amount of time to meet with your child's teacher, and it's a good idea to have a list of questions you wish to address. We’ve compiled a few conversation starters to help maximize your one-on-one time with the teacher.

Conversation Starters

  • Let your child's teacher know of any new changes at your home and if your child may need a referral to receive social/emotional support from school staff.
  • Tell your child's teacher about the academic or social behavior improvements you've noticed in your child.
  • Communicate your concerns and any desired areas of improvement for your child or additional assistance your child may need.

Academic Performance

  • If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan, ask the teacher if they have reviewed it yet.
  • How is your child doing academically?
  • Is my child performing at grade level?
  • How is your child doing compared to the rest of the class?
  • How does your child interact with other students during in-person or online learning?
  • How is your child doing emotionally?
  • In which areas does your child excel?
  • Which areas does your child need to improve?
  • Does the teacher feel that your child is doing their best?
  • How can you help your child at home?

After the Parent-Teacher Conference, if you still have questions or concerns about your child's progress, email or call the teacher to set up another time in which you can meet.