Establish cooperative relationships with all parents—even the most difficult ones—by using the author’s proven communication strategies, supported by sample forms, letters, scenarios, and vignettes.

Parent Conferences: An Ounce of Prevention That Prevents a Pound of Problems

Parent conferences: An ounce of prevention that prevents a pound of problems

Conferences can be viewed as an ounce of prevention that prevents a pound of problems.


Conferences are an excellent way to begin a partnership with parents to ensure that conflicts do not later arise. Here is a story that helps to illustrate the importance of fostering each unique teacher–parent relationship.

When two people get married, they do not generally get to choose their in-laws. Instead, they choose each other. When you begin teaching each school year, you receive “your” students. They are your students for better or for worse throughout the school year. You are “married” to them. Just as spouses do not get ...

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