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Putting the "Parents" in Parent-Teacher Conferences
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According to the National PTA, frequent communication between home and school is the key to academic success. Providing opportunities for parent-teacher conferences, encouraging parent participation in school events, and sending notes or e-mail messages home helps foster good relationships that support children's learning.

Keeping parents informed of what they should do before, during, and after the conference as well as in between conferences will make the school year more pleasant and rewarding for them and their children, and probably for you, too. Many resources are available to help parents prepare for the parent-teacher conference.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has a series of papers on communicating with school staff. One of these papers describes "How to Make the Most out of Your Parent-Teacher Conference."
The National Education Association (NEA) has a variety of resources including "A Parent's Guide to School Involvement" and "How to Make Parent-Teacher Conferences Work for Your Child."

In addition, the National PTA has many resources on how parents can communicate with their child’s school, including "Parent-School-Community Partnerships in Secondary Schools;" and "Selections from Teachers’ Best Ideas for Involving Parents."

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