Parent-Teacher Conferences

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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 4:25pm

Does your school's conference schedule accomodate both working and stay-at-home moms?

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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 11:15am
Sounds like a private school thing, so not "all of us." There's no expectation of showing up for teacher conferences in the public schools here, and in fact, there aren't enough slots at the MS/HS level for parents who want them.
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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 11:29am

I meant "all of us" at the particular school in which I am involved.

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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 12:56pm

In middle school we have the online scheduler also.

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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 2:32pm
one public school we belonged to shot for the same thing, the school had very high expectations, there was a lot of enthusiasm and excitement for every little thing there, you should have seen how they prepared for state testing, Lol. their teacher confernce attendance was almost always 100% and they used that figure to demonstrate that they were a school with 100% parent support and involvement.

 

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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 3:08pm

Was that the one with the Moms dressed up as cheerleaders?


I just checked and our elementary schools fill out a state report every year, and one of the things they have to fill out is the percentage of parents attending a scheduled conference over the course of the year.

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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 6:06pm
It's the teachers' union, so indirectly, I guess it's money. There are 150 kids per grade in my kids' school, so for example, my 6th grader's math teacher has 150 students. Even at 10-15 minutes each, that's a lot of conferences, and the union only allows for two evenings of conferences. It's not enough. But if parents can't get a time, they can always meet with teachers during their office hours (after school) by scheduling an appointment, so it's not as if they're unable to communicate with the teachers. When my kids were in ES, there were always enough slots, but it's just not an expectation in MS/HS that every parent is going to have teacher conferences twice a year. All of the academic information is available online, and parents get weekly emails notifying them if their child has a missed assignment or failing grade.
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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 6:15pm
Was that at the MS/HS level? Although I have to say that even at the elementary level, our district doesn't require reporting on teacher conferences, and there was no way to get all the parents to show up anyway (much as the teachers tried). The parent participation rating was based on stuff like how many parents returned the annual school survey.
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Thu, 11-10-2011 - 6:35am

yes.

 

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Thu, 11-10-2011 - 6:37am
Really? My son is 29--therefore it's been a really long time since the days of parent-teacher conferences. And back then the schools had half day sessions the week of PTCs, with appointments beginning at 2pm and going through 9pm (last appt at 8:40). The PTA would usually feed the teachers dinner that week, with Friday being a nice, catered meal with parents as wait staff as a thank you for the long hours the teachers put in that week. Meals the rest of the week were buffet style and generally more casual.

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Thu, 11-10-2011 - 7:42am

it's an elementary school. i think it's easier to track a report with parent/teacher conferences than a school survey. what kind of survey are you talking about and are parents signing their names on them?