Citywide Parent Teacher Conferences are held four times a year. View the Parent Teacher Conference schedule so you can prepare for the time you have with your child's teacher. These conferences provide a great opportunity for you to talk with your child's teacher about what your child is learning at school and how you can support this learning at home.
The most recent contract between the United Federation of Teachers and the New York City Department of Education also provides 40 minutes each week for teachers to work with family members. Schools can use this time to build stronger home-school connections, to better support the learning of every child, and to help identify and develop parent leaders.
Spring 2016 Parent -Teacher Conference
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Evening Session: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Questions to Consider Asking Your Child's Teachers:
- What is my child expected to learn, know and do at this grade level? How will it be assessed?
- What are the big projects my child will be doing in your class this year?
- Throughout the year, how will I know if my child is meeting grade level expectations?
- What does my child do well and what does he or she struggle with? Can you give me examples?
- If my child needs extra support or wants to learn more about a subject, are there resources to help his or her learning outside the classroom? Can you give me examples?
- How will you be introducing the Common Core standards to students this year?
- Does my child turn in homework on time?
- Is my child happy at school? How does my child get along with classmates and adults?
- Does my child participate in class discussions and activities? What would make my child more effective in doing his/her work?
- What can I do at home to reinforce what my child is learning at school?
- Are there ways that I can help you in the classroom or the school?
Always remember to share your own thoughts and feelings about your child. Describe what you see as your child’s strengths and areas for growth. State any important information that might help your child’s teacher better understand your child’s approaches to learning, strengths, challenges, and interests. Explain where you think your child needs more support. Describe the best way for the teacher or school personnel to communicate with you (e.g., a note in your child’s book bag, a voicemail, an e-mail, etc.).
You are strongly urged to take advantage of this opportunity to find out how your child is succeeding in school. We encourage you to bring your child to the conferences.
Visit the Common Core's website for additional resources developed for families to understand the Common Core and to support learning at home.