What to expect at CMSD parent-teacher conferences

Cleveland Metropolitan School District parent-teacher conferences for the 2017-2018 school year are on Wednesday, Oct. 25  for K-8 schools and Thursday, Oct. 26 for high schools. Parent-teacher conferences are a great way to start talking to your child’s teachers. When parents and teachers talk to each other, each person can share important information about your child’s talents and needs. Each of you can also learn something new about how to help your child succeed.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District offers some information on what to expect at parent-teacher conferences:

A two-way conversation. These meetings are best when both people talk and listen. This is a time for parents to learn about your child’s progress in school:PromiseNeighborhood12

  • Ask to see data about your child’s attendance, grades and test scores.
  • Find out whether your child is meeting school expectations and academic standards.
  • Talk with your child’s teacher about what your child is like at home.
  • Share information about your child’s skills, interests, needs and dreams so that you and the teacher can work together to help your child.

Emphasis on learning. Good conferences will focus on how well your child is doing in school. They also talk about how your child can do even better. To get ready for the conversation:

  • Look over your child’s homework, tests and notices.
  • Bring a list of questions to ask the teacher.

Opportunities and challenges. Teachers want your child to succeed. It is important to hear positive feedback about your child’s progress and also about areas for improvement.

  • Think about your child’s strengths and challenges before the conference.
  • Be ready to ask questions about ways you and the teacher can help your child with some of his or her challenges.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District parent-teacher conference guide for parents offers a checklist on how to prepare for the meeting and a guide on topics to discuss. Get the guide here. Make sure you attend parent-teacher conferences on on Wednesday, Oct. 25 (K-8) or Thursday, Oct. 26 (high school).