Held four times a year, parent teacher conferences provide parents/guardians with great opportunities to talk with teachers about what their children are experiencing and learning in school. These conferences also give parents and teachers the chance to discuss how to support student learning outside of the classroom.
As a reminder, this month’s conferences are scheduled for the following dates:
- High Schools:
Thursday, Nov. 9 – Friday, Nov. 10
- District 75 Programs:
Monday, Nov. 13 – Tuesday, Nov. 14
- Elementary Schools:
Wednesday, Nov. 15 – Thursday, Nov. 16
- Middle Schools:
Wednesday, Nov. 29 – Thursday, Nov. 30
Note that these are citywide dates; schools may have their own unique parent teacher conference schedules, so parents should check in with their schools’ parent coordinators to confirm this fall’s conference dates
To make the most out of this month’s conferences, parents should take a few moments to review and consider the following tips before meeting with teachers:
- Review your children’s academic progress, including test scores and attendance, via the NYC Schools Account;
- Consider bringing your child(ren) with you to join the conversation;
- Identify what you see as your child(ren)’s strengths and areas for growth;
- Determine the best way for teachers or other school personnel to communicate with you. Phone? Email? Notes in backpacks?
- Be ready to provide important information that might help your child(ren)’s teachers better understand your child(ren)’s strengths, challenges, interests, and approaches to learning.
Makes sense, right? It is also important for parents to not feel pressured into thinking this will be their only time to talk with their children’s teachers; instead, they should view this month’s conferences as the first of a series of conversations that they will be having with teachers this year.
We also suggest that parents consider asking the following questions during this month’s conferences, as these questions can help both teachers and parents gain a better understanding of students’ progress:
- What is my child expected to learn, know, and do at this grade level?
- What does my child do well, and what does he or she struggle with? Can you give me examples?
- How do you know when my child is making progress and when he/she needs additional help?
- What are you doing to support and motivate him/her?
- How do you challenge my child when he/she is doing well at something?
- How do you support my child when he/she needs extra help?
- What does my child get excited about learning?
- What can I do at home to support him/her?
- Does my child seem engaged or happy at school?
- Has he/she made friends?
- How does my child get along with classmates and adults?
- Does my child participate in class discussions and group activities?
- Are there times when my child is more or less engaged?
We hope these tips and suggested questions will help jumpstart some great conversations during this month’s conferences. If anyone has additional questions or requires assistance during their conference date (i.e. translation/interpretation services, accessibility concerns, etc), they should contact their school’s parent coordinator.