Kent Pekel

Parent-Teacher Conference Tips for Teachers

engage families as partners

At many schools across the United States, it’s parent-teacher conference time.

Although being able to collaborate with parents is important, conference night can sometimes leave both parties feeling like they were unable to have a productive meeting due to the rushed nature and limited timeframe of the event.

Search Institute’s work with families has given us some insights on how to help teachers make the exchange on conference night more productive.

Our President and CEO, Kent Pekel, has tips for teachers who hope to make the most out of conferences in this video:

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