Make the most of parent-teacher conferences with these ideas for things to do before, during, and after the conferences.

Parent-teacher conferences are an important component of ongoing home-school communication and family involvement in your classroom. Did you also know that home-school communication predicts positive outcomes for students and for schools? Although you may already be working hard to engage parents in their children’s education, this tip sheet is designed to build on your own experiences and provide you with additional information to help make your parent–teacher conferences productive and effective.

Ideas for before the conferences

Send invitations. Disseminate information about conferences to families through flyers, notes, phone calls, and community meetings. Include information about the timing and goals of the conferences, as well as alternative scheduling options, in your invitations.

Review student work. Be prepared to go over student data, assignments, and assessments during the conferences. Think of what more you would like to learn about your students from their parents.

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