ERIC Number: ED393198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
How To Improve Parent-Teacher Conferences: A Guide for Parents from the Principal.
Tips for Parents from NASSP, Mar 1996
The parent-teacher conference is a valuable strategy to improve a student's performance. This news brief offers suggestions for developing a "parent friendly" handbook to help parents effectively prepare for teacher-parent conferences. The handbook should include the basic information, a statement that emphasizes the importance of the conference, and suggestions for important questions that parents should ask. Topics that parents should discuss with teachers include teaching practices and instructional strategies, information about the student's home life, standardized testing, the student's permanent record, academic progress and the curriculum, counseling and medical services, and administrative policies. The handbook should also prompt parents to visit the classroom, volunteer for school activities, and meet with counselors and other administrators. Most important, the handbook should warn parents against waiting until there is a problem to contact school staff. A well-thought-out handbook will help prepare parents and ensure that the conferences are successful. (LMI)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Guides, Parent Materials, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Conferences, Parent Teacher Cooperation
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091-1537 ($3, nonmembers; $2, members; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.