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Parent Teacher Conferences

Citywide Parent Teacher Conferences are held four times a year. These conferences provide a great opportunity for you to talk with your child's teacher about what your child is learning at school and how you can support this learning at home. In addition, leave with a plan for continuing the conversation. Teachers have 40 minutes allotted each week to work with families. Below is a list of questions you should consider asking during Parent Teacher Conference or anytime you communicate with your child’s teacher. 



Questions to Consider Asking Your Child's Teacher


  • What is my child expected to learn, know, and do at this grade level ?  
  • What does my child do well, and what does he or she struggle with? Can you give me examples?
  • How do you know when my child is making progress and when he/she needs additional help?
  • What are you doing to support and motivate him/her?
  • How do you challenge my child when he/she is doing well at something?
  • How do you support my child when he/she needs extra help?
  • What does my child get excited about learning?
  • What can I do at home to support him/her?
  • Are there programs or services in the community that could also help my child?
  • How many days of school has my student missed or arrived late?

In the classroom/school: 

  • Does my child seem engaged or happy at school?
  • Has he/she made friends?
  • How does my child get along with classmates and adults?
  • Does my child participate in class discussions and group activities?
  • Are there times when my child is more or less engaged?

Parent Tips:

  • Consider bringing your child with you to join the conversation.
  • Always remember to share your own thoughts and feelings about your child.
  • Describe what you see as your child’s strengths and areas for growth.
  • State any important information that might help your child’s teacher better understand your child’s approaches to learning, strengths, challenges, and interests.
  • Explain where you think your child needs more support.
  • Describe the best way for the teacher or school personnel to communicate with you (e.g., a note in your child’s book bag, a voicemail, an e-mail, etc.).

Learn More

With a NYC Schools account you will be able to access key information about your child's progress in school, including attendance, report card grades, general student information, and test scores (new) in one of ten languages on a computer, phone or tablet.

Translations Assistance

To ensure that all parents are given a meaningful opportunity to participate in their child’s education program translations and interpretation services are available at parent-teacher conferences and throughout the year. Contact your school's parent coordinator for more information.

Parent Coordinators, visit the Parent Coordinator Page for Parent Teacher Conference Resources