A parent teacher conference is a short meeting between you and your child’s teacher to talk about your child’s academic performance and experience at school.
These meetings help you understand what your child is experiencing and learning at school, and what you can do to support them. If your child is having trouble, parent teacher conferences also give you and the teacher time to plan how you can both help them best.
March Parent Teacher Conferences
The 2020-21 school year is unlike any other that we have experienced. Students are learning at school and home, and family members are playing supportive roles as educators, facilitators, and coaches. The upcoming Parent Teacher Conference (PTC) is an important opportunity for teachers to hear from you about how your student is doing academically, socially, and emotionally, and how the school’s supports are working for your family. The PTC is also an opportunity for educators to provide you with feedback about your child’s academic and social-emotional progress, and what you can do to support your child. If your child is having trouble, you and your child’s teacher can figure out an action plan.
What to Expect at the Conference
Translation and Interpretation Services
We want all families to participate in PTC! Interpreters are available, so please let your teacher or parent coordinator know if you need interpretation services.
Teachers will work with families to schedule conferences during a time that is mutually convenient for both to attend. If a teacher is unable to schedule a phone or virtual PTC meeting on an afternoon or evening during the week of their regularly scheduled PTC, the teacher will work with you to schedule another time to connect.
Conferences will be held by phone or through videoconference, unless the parent requests an in-person conference.
Preparing for the PTC
The PTC is an opportunity for you to speak with your child about their experience with remote learning, and share their questions and concerns with their teacher. Below are ways to engage your child in preparation for the PTC:
- Ask your child how they feel about school, and jointly prepare a short list of questions or concerns that you can raise with the teacher.
- Ask your child what their strongest and weakest subjects are, and which ones they like most and least.
- Ask your child how they feel about their relationships with their teacher and their peers. Do they feel supported and welcomed in the classroom? Is there anything they would like support with outside of schoolwork?
- Review your child’s academic progress, test scores, and attendance on your NYC Schools Account .
- Make a list of questions you have, and topics that you want to discuss with the teacher. Include things that might help them understand your child’s challenges, strengths, and interests. Describe what you see as your child’s strengths and explain where you think your child needs more help.
- Think about what you can tell teachers that will help them understand your child better, such as your child's favorite subjects, special interests or hobbies, medical conditions, family situation, or any problem that might affect learning, attendance, or behavior.
Conversation Guide for Parents
This school year is challenging for everyone, and there are no right or wrong answers. We understand that whatever you are doing right now to support your child is the right thing for you and your family. Below are some suggested questions for you to use in conversation/reflection:
- How is my child doing? Is there anything you would like to share with me about what you have observed regarding my child since school started?
- How is my child doing socially and emotionally? Are you concerned about them in any way?
- How can I best support their social and emotional development at home?
- What is my child expected to learn, know, and do by the end of this grade, and is my child on target?
- How will my child’s grades be calculated?
- Does my child have any outstanding assignments, and if so, can you please provide me a list of those assignments and a timeline of when they need to be submitted?
- What does my child do well, and what does my child struggle with? Can you give me examples?
- How do you know when my child is making progress and when they need additional help?
- What can I do to support my child?
- Are there online programs or services that could also help my child?
Important Policies and Resources
Before the Parent Teacher Conference, check out the information below so you are ready to discuss any questions with your student’s teacher.
As your child’s learning journey continues this year, it is critical that you have a clear picture of their progress. Grades provide a common language for understanding and communicating with your child’s teacher(s) about their strengths and areas for growth. The 2020-21 grading policy aims to provide you with a clear picture of your child’s progress while honoring each individual student’s experience adapting to new ways of learning .
While students must continue to participate in remote and blended learning each day, attendance will not be a factor in student grades. Attending school, participating in class, and demonstrating understanding are all essential components of student learning, and school communities must make every effort to ensure that students attend school, with a goal of every student, every day.
- Find more information about the 2020-21 citywide grading policy.
- Your child’s teacher or principal can share more information about your child’s progress and your school’s expectations and scales for grading.
School Re-Opening 2020-21 Family Guide
The Family Guide has information on what that teaching and learning will look like this school year. You will find universal expectations for how our schools will support every single student every single school day—whether they are participating in fully remote or blended learning.
- Check out the Family Guide to help you know about your child's learning
Sign Up for a NYCSA Account Today!
It’s important that your school can reach you to share crucial information quickly, including alerts about confirmed COVID-19 cases in your child’s school. Please sign up for a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) so we can contact you via phone, email, or text message. With NYCSA, you can access your child’s grades, test scores, schedules, transportation information, and more—from anywhere, and in all nine standard DOE language translations. In order to see your child’s records, request an Account Creation Code from your school.
If you still need a device for your child, your school can help you. Schools are working with central to get devices for families who still need them.