ERIC Number: ED293296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Building a Team. Project Enlightenment.
Burgess, Kay; Johnston, Lynne
This pamphlet is designed to help teachers of young children (in preschools, day care centers, or kindergartens) improve their working relationship with parents through productive parent-teacher conferences. Several steps to be taken early in the school year or even before school begins include establishing and maintaining communication, clarifying expectations, making parents feel welcome, making home visits, and promoting parent involvement. Suggestions for conference preparation cover an optimal yearly schedule of conferences, distributing handouts on the purposes and expectations of conferences, organizing points to cover, preparing specific information about each child, and creating a positive environment for the discussion. The conference itself is described in four phases: (1) beginning the conference; (2) sharing information; (3) ending the conference; and (4) after the conference. Specific points to be covered within each phase are outlined and examples are given of what the teacher should and should not say. Two final sections address how to deal with special concerns in a conference and how and when to make a referral to another professional. Such issues as recognition and acceptance of a problem by parents, negative parental reactions, handling the parent's personal or family problems, and providing specific information about other sources of assistance are covered. (VW)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Family Problems, Home Visits, Interpersonal Communication, Parent Participation, Parent Teacher Conferences, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Referral, Student Evaluation
Project Enlightenment, 501 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, NC.
Note: For related documents, see EC 202 488-497.