Parent-teacher conferences: A guide for families with kids struggling in school

Your child is having trouble in school, and your parent-teacher conference is coming up. What’s the best way to approach the meeting? How can you prepare?

Parent-teacher conferences go by fast — most last only 10 or 15 minutes. If that feels overwhelming, you’re not alone. Lots of families (and teachers) feel unsure about how to have a productive and meaningful conversation in such a short amount of time.

But there are a few things you can do beforehand to make the most of your time with the teacher. Keeping track of what’s hard for your child is one. Putting together a list of specific questions to ask is another. The resources below can help guide you to do just that.


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