As regular readers know, I’ve been “curating” resources I’ve posted about over the past three years. You can see all my parent engagement-related “The Best” lists here.
Here are my choices for The Best Resources On Parent/Teacher Conferences:
Successful Student-Led School Conferences is from Middleweb.
Parent–Teacher Conference Tip Sheets (Hojas de Consejos Para Las Reuniones de Padres y Maestros) are two hand-outs — one in English and one in Spanish — that “are designed to support educators and families in conducting productive, successful parent-teacher conferences.” They’re from the Harvard Family Research Project.
“Student-led conferences benefit parents, kids” is the headline in a Yakima Herald article about a local effort to do teacher/parent/student conferences that are led by students.
Education Research Report provides a pretty interesting summary of a study done analyzing what actually happens in parent-teacher conferences. Check-out “In Parent-Teacher Conferences, It’s Often Not About the Student.”
Student-Led Conferences: A Growing Trend comes from Education World.
Acing Parent-Teacher Conferences is the headline of an article in The Wall Street Journal. There’s nothing particularly new or insightful there, but it does some decent advice. It seems to be an unusual article to find in the mainstream media.
Student-Led Conferences is a post by Peter DeWitt at Ed Week.
Why Parent Teacher Conferences Matter is a useful post from a middle school principal, Mr. Bernia.
Student-Led Parent Conferences: How They Work in My Primary Classroom is a nice post by teacher Kathy Cassidy.
Seven Ideas for Meaningful Parent-Teacher Conferences is an excellent post by Nancy Flanagan over at Education Week Teacher.
How to hold an effective conference with parents of ELLs is by Judie Haynes. This is how she begins:
Do you feel unsure of how to hold productive conferences with the parents of your ELLs? Sharpen your communication skills by reading these tips.
It’s Show Time is a post by Jessica Lahey where she offers some excellent advice to teachers about parent conferences.
Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferencing is a good post by Elena Aguilar over at Edutopia.
Here’s how she ends it:
Don’t underestimate the power of the positive, and lead with it. Be specific in the positive data you — tell an anecdote or show a piece of work. Make sure you truly feel this positivity — we can all sniff out empty praise. There is always, always something positive and praise-worthy about every single child. It’s your job to find it and that data with parents.
Matt Davis at Edutopia has published a nice post titled Five Resources for Parent-Teacher Conferences.
How To Do Student-Led Conferences is a good post by Pernille Ripp how to organize student-led conferences with parents and teachers.
Sligo Creek Elementary moves to group meetings for parent-teacher conferences is the headline of a newspaper article about an interesting twist on on family involvement.
Here’s an excerpt:
Parent-teacher conferences at Sligo Creek Elementary School in Silver Spring are taking on a new format.
Rather than teachers meeting with individual parents and families, the conferences are moving to a group setting starting this November
How to Get the Most Out of a Parent-Teacher Conference is a useful post over at Mind Shift.
Rethinking Parent-Teacher Conferences is the subject of The New York Times feature “Room For Debate.”
It includes responses from eight educators — my favorite being Jose Luis Vilson.
Teachers switching format of parent conferences is an article in St. Louis Today sharing how teachers in one school began moving their parent-teacher conferences into student-led ones.
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