Trusting relationships between teachers and families have been shown to improve student success in school. These trusting relationships also provide a great opportunity for teachers to create academic partnerships with families that will further increase student learning and success.

Academic partnerships begin with Goal Setting Parent-Teacher Conferences where teachers, who have received training, meet with families to:

  • Listen to and learn from a family’s expertise on their child in order to better understand and reach each student

  • Share data to increase a parent’s understanding of why and what teachers want their child to learn, how teachers evaluate their child’s learning, and how their child is doing presently in school

  • Model learning support strategies focused on the individual child’s needs that parents can use at home with their child

  • Set goals with parents to work regularly on foundational academic skills at home

  • Support parents on meeting the goals