Parent-teacher conference time is upon us and each of our schools is or will be reaching out to families to make those connections. Conferences are an excellent time to talk with your child's teacher about what is working well for him/her, and how families and the school can partner to continue to support high-quality learning for your child.
The Harvard Family Research Project, self-described as "...help[ing] stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well being of children, youth, families and their communities" offers some very helpful suggestions on how to make the most of this important meeting in their guide "Parent Teacher Conference Tip Sheets for Principals, Teachers, and Parents." Pages seven and eight are devoted to tips for parents and can be found here: http://www.hfrp.org/var/hfrp/storage/fckeditor/File/FI-ConferenceTipSheet-111810.pdf.
Wishing you thoughtful, productive communications with your child's teachers!
Margaret Raymond Driscoll is a nine-year Melrose School Committee member who is passionate about excellent teaching and learning for all public school students, and considers it a privilege to collaborate with others who share that passion. You can also follow her on Twitter at @MargaretDrisc. Just to be clear - opinions expressed here do not represent those of the Melrose Public Schools, the Melrose School Committee, or the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials - they are hers alone.