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Parent–Teacher Conferences

Parent–teacher conferences are a formal method of establishing communication between parents and teachers regarding the academic, behavioral, or social strengths and needs of a child. These meetings often provide an initial opportunity to develop a partnership between schools and families. Such partnerships have long been recognized as benefiting the educational and social development of children, as well as promoting positive outcomes for parents and teachers.

Although parent–teacher conferences occur in almost all schools, the manner in which these meetings take place varies considerably. Organizations such as the National Parent Teacher Association and National Association of School Psychologists offer procedural guidelines and identify key components for enhancing the effectiveness of parent–teacher conferences.

Purposes

Parent–teacher conferences can serve several purposes. First, they serve as a vehicle for bidirectional, reciprocal communication ...

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