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Connie McCarthy
Establishing Communication With Your Child's Teacher

Sep 12, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy

Will my daughter know how to buy her lunch? What if my son’s not reading yet? Will my shy child develop friends in the class? Understandably, parents have questions and concerns when their young child starts school. ... Read more
SchoolFamily
Making the Most of Parent Teacher Conferences

Oct 26, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent-Teacher Conference, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Elementary School, Back to School

How does my child get along with other children? Is my son getting better at following verbal instructions for in-class assignments? My daughter aces her spelling tests, then turns around and mis-spells the words the next day... Read more
Livia McCoy
Forming a Parent-Teacher Partnership to Help a Struggling Child

Oct 18, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

When parents and schools work together, children benefit. According to a report from the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, "When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children ... Read more
SchoolFamily
Do Parent-Teacher Conferences Make you Nervous?

Oct 28, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Elementary School

I was talking to a friend yesterday whose oldest child is in kindergarten.  She was telling me that she just sent in the form for her daughter's parent-teacher conference and that she was nervous -- despite the fact her ... Read more
SchoolFamily
Payoff for Joining a PTO or PTA?

Oct 20, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in PTOs and PTAs, Parent-Teacher Conference

What's your perception of your school's PTO or PTA group? Do you think it's friendly and hardworking... or cliquey and unwelcoming? If you said the latter, you are not alone.Connecticut mom, Monica, felt that way about the PT... Read more
Connie McCarthy
"Tips for Building a Great Parent-Teacher Relationship"

Sep 17, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy

A good “Parent-Teacher” relationship is an integral part of your child’s school success.Parents are often unsure of how to approach their child’s teacher. Teachers welcome input and help from parents, ... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Should we get time off for parent involvement at school?

Aug 22, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Tim Sullivan, SchoolFamily.com, School Volunteers, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Helicopter Parents, Elementary School, Back to School

This Miami Herald brings up some really interesting issues around school involvement and family policies fr our businesses. I'm conflicted.  I'm a huuuuge involvement fan and the love the thought of more parents at schoo... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Parent-Teacher Conference Schedule Slots

Oct 24, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent-Teacher Conference

I always find "The Juggle" blog from the Wall Street Journal (yup -- the WSJ) to be thought-provoking and timely, especially this post about which parents should get the good parent-teacher conference slots? The writer's good... Read more