Parent-Teacher Conferences

Posted Nov. 12, 2021

COVID Didn’t Give Us Much to Celebrate, But We Need to Keep Virtual Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are a critical component of every school year. This is an opportunity for teachers to share with families the areas of success for…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Aug. 6, 2021

Teachers Can’t Expect to Be Held to the Whims of Every Parent

Should we teach about the Civil War anymore? This was a question I was asked by a concerned teacher who feared potential pushback from parents.…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Feb. 27, 2020

Correct Me If I’m Wrong, But Aren’t Parent-Teacher Conferences Part of the Job?

Ever have those moments when something seems so crazy and so wrong that you fall into that trap of optimism and naïveté, convinced that finally,…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Dec. 5, 2019

A Teacher Asked About My Child’s Hopes and Dreams and It Changed Everything

As a child in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, I did not have a good experience in school. My teachers did not understand my ADHD, and I…

By Carmen Avila

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Posted Nov. 4, 2019

Parent-Teacher Conferences Might Suck, But We Still Have to Show Up

David McGuire, a school leader in Indianapolis, asked the Twitterati this week what does it take to get parents to attend conferences with their children’s’ teachers? I…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 24, 2019

Every Parent-Teacher Conference Should Look Like This

I have a confession to make. I am an educator who doesn’t enjoy participating in parent-teacher conferences as a parent. Our son is a junior…

By Afrika Afeni Mills

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Posted Oct. 18, 2019

4 Tips for Parents to Get the Most out of Parent-Teacher Conferences

Many schools are preparing for their first conferences with parents. Unlike Back-to-School Night where parents receive general information about the school, a conference with your…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Oct. 17, 2019

These Parent-Teacher Conferences Are Harder to Get Into Than a Jimmy Buffett Concert

First, a 30-minute student-led parent-teacher conference with one child’s homeroom teacher. Then, six five-minute conferences with another son’s individual subject teachers. And lastly, a 10-minute…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Aug. 23, 2019

White Teacher, Here’s How You Can Successfully Partner With Black Families

The show was going really well. We were in Pittsburgh, taping a live 8 Black Hands podcast episode at the State of Black Learning Conference,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Dec. 6, 2018

Why We Need to Stop Thinking About Students in Terms of Strengths and Weaknesses

My son is a freshman in high school and this felt like my first report card pick up all over again. While I have access…

By LeeAndra Khan

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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