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I attended parent-teacher conferences for my children at their respective schools today. We actually walked to both schools due to my car problems. I have always taken the education of my children very seriously, and I resolved to never miss an opportunity to conference with their instructors. Intelligibly, school-wide parent-teacher conferences occur around the time that student progress reports are disbursed. The reason for this is to extend the opportunity for parents to query instructors, in the presence of their children, preferably, about what their children can improve upon, an opportunity that every parent should make good of…

Conferences among instructors, parents, and students are an excellent opportunity for parents to soundly judge and wholly determine the reasons for any poor or mediocre grades, particularly in the event that there are any discrepancies in versions of facts told by students and their instructors…

The other reason why it’s very beneficial for students when their parents attend parent-teacher conferences is that instructors typically inform parents of assignments that students may have neglected to turn in, for whatever reasons; and many [though not all] allow students the opportunity to complete and submit the work prior to issuance of actual report cards. Students also frequently receive extra credit when their parents sign in with and speak with each relevant instructor…

Instructors should always disburse to students and/or parents printed and emailed or physically mailed individual student reports for students with academic woes, and require parents to sign the reports to make certain that they have seen them. Instructors should also attach a note to those reports notifying parents and students of any opportunities to complete and/or submit any missing work. This would help to keep all parents in the know, particularly those who might not be able to attend parent-teacher conferences due to work or for any other reasons.

It would also be nice if there was an app that would notify/remind parents and students of assignment/ project due dates via their smart phones, tablets, etc. Schools and parents/students could also make use of online appointment software and other methods of conference appointment scheduling based upon availability articulated by instructors.

They could also make use of apps like Skype, etc. to conduct parent-teacher conferences with parents who cannot physically attend them, or allow phone calls to suffice.

Parents participating in student-teacher conferences, in person or virtually, could make a difference ultimately in students qualifying for academic and other GPA-based collegiate scholarships.

It could make a difference in students who are members of families who have suffered generational poverty qualifying for and acquiring $70,000 to $100,000 per year and even better paying jobs…

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