Effective Parent-Teacher Meetings

24 Hours / 180 Days / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

In this course, teachers will learn and review constructive communication skills that will enhance the parent/teacher meeting and assist in building positive relationships. Effective communication skills will be included both verbal and nonverbal communication along with proper preparation. In addition, participants will also learn techniques to handle difficult conversations, learn methods for defusing a escalated conversation and redirecting the tone of the meeting. Learners will have the opportunity to watch videos of both productive and non-productive teacher/parent meetings and reflect on the how the skills previously learned. Additional, participants may identify additional tips and tricks that may be useful in their own classroom, such as setting an action plan for the teacher, student and parent to work on together. Lastly, participants will review follow-up activities that can be used after the parent/teacher meeting.

Students will:
  • Identify skills and behaviors that will enhance the parent/teacher meeting dynamic.
  • Recognize techniques that can be used pre-meeting, during and post-meeting to reinforce a positive experience for both the parent and teacher.
  • Evaluate methods to maintain a positive tone in the meeting as well as address difficult conversations.
  • Identify follow up actions that can encourage ongoing communication.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Constructive Communication

Within parent-teacher meetings, as in life, positive communication skills can play a large role in building and maintaining good relationships.  In this lesson, many of these skills will be discussed within the text and in the accompanying resources.  

Lesson 2: Elements of a Positive Parent-Teacher Meeting

Now lets look at the different components of the parent-teacher meeting.  What can teachers do throughout the year to make the parent-teacher meeting more productive?  How should a teacher prepare and what should be covered?  These questions and more will be answered in this lesson. 

Lesson 3: Addressing Difficult Topics

While the parent-teacher meeting is a place to discuss all of the positives of a student's academic life, it may also be the time for teachers to discuss with parents areas for improvement or negative behaviors.  This lesson includes strategies teachers can use to address these topics while managing the conversation in a productive way. 

Lesson 4: After the Meeting: Follow Up

In lesson 4, proper follow up procedures will be presented that will assist in maintaining a positive and engaging relationship with the parent. Additionally, the appendices will be reviewed in again in total to provide an all encompassing view of how these resources can be used as follow up documents.

All necessary course materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**