The Importance of Attending Open Houses and Conferences
With the end of the school year not too far off, it’s important to remember that parent-
teacher conferences can play a very important role in a child’s development and academic
success. Unfortunately, this relationship is often overlooked, ignored or undervalued.
A parent-teacher conference and open houses are great opportunities to:
- start or continue ongoing conversations with your child’s teacher
- learn how to help your child do their best in school
- let your child know that what goes on in school will be shared at home
- meet the other students and their parents
The truth is teachers and parents often see different aspects of a child’s personality. By
maintaining frequent communication and comparing the child’s achievements or behavior both
the parent and the teacher can find these perspectives useful.
When parents take advantage of parent-teacher conferences and other opportunities to speak
with teachers, it often allows parents to learn of any challenges — academic or otherwise —
their child might be having. Parents can also have the opportunity to let the teacher know of
any special circumstances at home that might have some bearing on the child’s performance or
Children do better in school when parents are involved in their academic lives. Attending
parent-teacher conferences is a way to be involved and help your child succeed.
Stay involved. Try to visit the school frequently, not just for conferences and Back to
School Night. Ask the teacher to suggest activities you can do at home to reinforce your child’s
learning. Look for opportunities to engage yourself in your child’s education.