- Review your child’s work, grades, and progress reports that have been sent home.
- Talk with your child about how his or her perceived progress and confidence in school.
- Talk with others—family, after school staff, tutors, coaches, etc.—about what your child does well at, and what they need help with.
- Make a list of questions to ask the teacher during the conference.
- Think about how you would like to be more involved in your child’s learning so that you can brainstorm with the teacher.
“BE HEARD”: An acronym from Harvard to remember during conference times.
Best intentions assumed
Emphasis on learning
Home to school collaboration
Examples and evidence
Respect for all
Dedication to follow-up