There is nothing so wasteful of time as a "Student-Led" Parent/Teacher Conference. Especially in the elementary grades where report card grades are assigned without any data to support them. As a parent, I am not interested in having my child go through a rehearsed "show and tell" of the menial bits of projects they have been doing after just a couple of months back at school. I want the teachers feedback- the good, the bad and the UGLY. In fact, I expect and look forward to the "ugly." How else am I supposed to know what I need to be working on with my kid at home?

Without real and meaninful conversations with their children's educators, parents have been completely left in the dark about how they can better support their child's education. Contrary to popular opinion, MANY parents are capable of supporting the learning that is taking place in schools. Not only are they capable of doing this, many WANT to do this. The few, "bad apple parents" who abuse the system by expecting our teachers to be the SOLE provider of our children's education should not force the rest of us in to these silly conferences that end up being more of a cheerleading session than anything. 

For years I have lamented the lack of involvement in PTA activities of our Hispanic and other non-native parents and families.  Now Hispanic students are a sizeable proportion of our school population.  I would like to find ways to help them feel more comfortable coming to school and participating in events.  We currently have a family liaison who speaks Spanish which is great, but I would like to do more.  Last year we made a concerted effort to welcome Vietnamese families but it fell a little flat.  I am wondering what other schools are doing on this front.

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I don't know the cost of the edline system and probably don't want to know. It was undoubtedly a sizable investment and there are teachers and schools that do not make full use of it. As it stands, it is a prop that the district can point to and claim that parents are aware and informed of their child's progress.

Unfortunately, some teachers don't use edline at all or only update it once or twice a quarter. If it isn't going to be used universally and regularly then save money and dump the system.

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Nicole Popescu, Like Rosie the Riveter, We Can Do It! over 5 years ago

Band parents together to hold HPS system accountable for protecting our children.