As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher and most important champion as he or she progresses from preschool through postsecondary education. Family involvement and encouragement are critical to your child’s academic success. In fact, research shows that students with actively engaged families are more likely to miss fewer days of school, have better social skills, earn higher grades, graduate from high school and pursue additional training or education.
The likelihood of student academic success is even greater when families and teachers work together. Take time to get to know your child’s teacher and make parent-teacher conferences a priority. One-on-one conferences are a great opportunity to talk about your child’s strengths and areas for improvement and to set goals for the rest of the school year.
Here are some suggested questions to kick start the conversation:
- What are the most important things my child will learn this year?
- Can I see examples of my child’s work? How could it improve?
- Is my child on track to be successful in this class? Will he be prepared for next year?
- What do you see as his or her strengths? How could he or she improve?
- How should we work together to address those things? What activities should we do at home? What services are available at school or in the community that I can access?
- When should I expect to receive my child’s AzMERIT scores? Is there anything I should keep in mind while reading the parent score report?
- Do you have any resources that can help me help my child or learn more about AzMERIT?
Remember, parent-teacher conferences are meant to be a two-way conversation. Sharing information about your child’s skills, interests, needs and dreams will help the teacher best support your child at school.
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