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GCS Schools Make Parent-Teacher Conferences a Priority


Nov. 2, 2018 – Across the district today, parents/guardians and teachers came together to increase parent engagement and better support their student’s education.

Using a new model, introduced by Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras, the parent-teacher conferences provided options for parents with varying work schedules and for parents with students in multiple schools to attend the conferences. Parents and teachers discussed the academic and social progress of the student; collaborated on goals for their child; and worked to identify resources to help achieve the goals.

Principals said the special day conveyed the message that parents are partners in their child’s academic progress.

Oak Ridge Elementary Principal Denise Francisco said, “Conference Day is a huge success today at Oak Ridge. I love this new idea and think that teachers having report cards complete at the end of the quarter to provide to parents in a face-to-face meeting is fantastic. Our school is a busy place today with parents eager to pick up their child’s report card and have a meeting with their child’s teacher.”

At Falkener Elementary, parents enjoyed coffee and pastries in a café style conference while receiving student work samples and discussing opportunities to better support student learning.

The second conference day is scheduled for Jan. 22, 2019, at the end of the first semester.