Parent Teacher Conferences

View the full Parent Teacher Conference schedule so you can prepare for the time you have with your child's teacher.

As part of the contract between the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) Citywide Parent Teacher Conferences are now 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, the new teacher contract also allows 40 minutes each week for teachers to build strong home-school connections as part of parent engagement. The purpose is to strengthen relationships between teachers and families to better support and encourage student achievement, and to help identify and develop parent leadership. This crucial incorporation of parent and family involvement in the classroom adds value to the school community’s learning and supports the whole learning of each child, both inside and outside the classroom.

Questions to Consider Asking Your Child's Teacher

  • What is my child expected to learn, know, and do at this grade level based on the Common Core?
  • How is my child developing the necessary skills and knowledge?
  • 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?
  • 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?

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

ARIS Parent Link at http://www.arisparentlink.org/ displays up-to-date information about your child’s academic progress, including details about your child’s results on the 2013 State Common Core tests.

Visit the Common Core's website for additional resources developed for families to understand the Common Core and to support learning at home. 

Grade Level Activity Guides for English Language Arts and Math

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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.

Principals, visit the Principals' Portal for Parent Teacher Conference Resources
Parent Coordinators, visit the Parent Coordinator Page for Parent Teacher Conference Resources