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Los Angeles Times logoNeed a quick guide or suggestions on how to make the most of parent-teacher conferences? Look no further.

Los Angeles Times education reporter Sonali Kohli reached out to experts, including Harvard Family Research Project’s Heather B. Weiss and M. Elena Lopez, to examine why parent-teacher conferences matter and how parents can most efficiently use their conference time. The article links to resources that can help families enter conversations with clear goals and a defined plan to make conferences more effective and proactive for all involved. 

Weiss and Lopez emphasized the opportunity that conferences provide to discuss a child’s interests inside and outside the classroom to identify learning-enhancing activities. Other topics addressed in the article include: helpful questions to ask, tools for preparation, and suggestions for staying in contact.

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