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Connie McCarthy
3 Essential Questions for a Midyear Check-in

Jan 21, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

For most school districts across the country, January is the halfway mark of the school year, even if your district follows a trimester model. Most important, it’s the perfect time to have a “check-in” with ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Common Core Review for Kindergarteners and 1st Graders

Oct 15, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 1st Grade

Right now most school districts are six to eight weeks into the new school year. That’s a long time for a kindergarten or 1st grade student! It’s also a time when many schools are scheduling first parent conferenc... Read more
Livia McCoy
Parent-Teacher Conferences Help Develop the School-Home Relationship

Oct 10, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy

In a few short weeks, parent-teacher conferences start. Interestingly, both parents and teachers are anxious about them! Parents worry about whether their child is performing well enough and behaving in class. They worry abou... Read more
Connie McCarthy
New Questions You Should Ask at the Parent Teacher Conference

Oct 23, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Connie McCarthy

While there are many articles covering the exchange of information at parent-teacher conferences, some recent developments should also be stressed.   “Common Core Standards” are now federal mandated models fo... Read more
Livia McCoy
How to Foster a Positive Parent-Teacher Relationship for Your Child’s Benefit

Aug 21, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Livia McCoy

A couple of weeks ago, I spent several days teaching at a new teachers’ institute. We worked together on all sorts of things new teachers need to know before beginning their careers. One of the workshops was about commu... Read more
SchoolFamily
40 Tweets By Parents, Teachers About Parent-Teacher Conferences

May 24, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Social Media, Parent-Teacher Conference

Editor’s note: Principal Joe Mazza runs a weekly Twitter gathering each Wednesday evening called Parent-Teacher Chat (#PTchat). For more information on the chats, see information at end of this guest blog post. The #PT... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Most Important Question You Should Ask Your Child’s Teacher, Right Now!

Apr 30, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent-Teacher Conference, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

In the beginning of May, I highly recommend that all parents ask their child’s teacher a very important question: “Is my child on grade level?” If the answer is no, there is still enough time left in the sch... Read more
SchoolFamily
5 Ways to Handle A Drop In Your Child’s Grades

Jan 12, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Homework, High School, Elementary School

SchoolFamily.com's guest blogger this week is Neil McNerney, M.Ed., LPC , author of Homework—A Parent’s Guide To Helping Out Without Freaking Out!   You know the look. It’s the look your kid gives whe... Read more
Connie McCarthy
6 Questions for a Successful Parent Teacher Conference

Dec 05, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

National standards have set the bar for academic achievement, which means that today it is clear what a student should have achieved by certain points in the school year. Parent teacher conferences are a terrific opportunity ... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Should A School Limit Parental Access to Teachers? No Way!

Dec 01, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Elementary School

File this under the category of: What the heck were they thinking? Last week, education officials at an elementary school in Seattle, WA, sent a letter home to parents of children at the school, advising them of a new limit i... Read more