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Talk With Your Student's Teachers

Frequent communication with your child’s teachers is central to your student’s success in school.

It’s important that the communication is two-way; teachers can share information about student performance in school, and parents can share insights to help the teacher understand how best to help the student.

For example, share information about your child’s interests, your family’s daily life and culture. If face-to-face meetings with your child’s teacher aren’t possible, call after school, email or send a note when you have a question or something to share.

Attending parent-teacher conferences (at all grade levels) is very, very important to student success. Here are some tips for parents to prepare for conferences:

  1. Make time to attend conferences!
  2. Before the conference, write down a few questions for the teacher. For example, “Is my student working up to his/her ability in writing?” Or, “Is it possible for my student to re-take the quiz on fractions?” And, “What can we do at home to support what you’re doing in the classroom?”
  3. Share things about your child and life at home. Don’t be afraid to have an honest conversation with the teacher.
  4. During the conference, make notes of things you plan to do to help your student succeed in school.
  5. Put your plans into action right away after meeting with the teacher.

For information on your school’s conference schedule, or to find a list of teachers at your school, please visit your school’s website.