A teacher with a special needs child shares her experiences with bad school conferences, and the steps she took to turn it around:
With the help of the administrator, we worked to create rules about the frequency and content of emails that would be sent home. We agreed that there should be additional staff members included on all emails and that communication should be limited to once a week.
As the parent, I kept work samples and emails. I researched and collected information about my son's medical condition and the implications of his condition on school and social interactions. I copied pertinent articles and chapters of books that explained my son's needs.
Because I was a teacher, I knew key words that should be shared. I reminded them about their responsibility to keep his medical issues private with other parents and students and their responsibility to provide him with a fair and equal education.
How do you handle nightmare conferences?