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Tool: Deciding how to communicate to parents

Typically, you will convey information to parents in relatively short messages or short meetings, as in parent-teacher conferences. You will want to convey what is most important, and you will want to convey it in such a way that the parent can hear it. This tool is intended to help you choose what you will report and to put the report into an order that might be easiest to listen to.

The tool suggests that specific examples of a student's work or performance will be important because they provide parents a basis for drawing their own conclusions, as distrinct from depending entirely on your conclusions.


Begin with something positive such as...


Overall impressions

What is going well?


Another strong area? (optional)


A growth area?


A challenge for the student?


Your plan/recommendations


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