Beyond The 15 Minutes of Fame

Most parent-teacher conferences run from 5 to 20 minutes. You can’t fit everything you need in just 15 minutes. Teachers feel rushed and parents feel like they didn’t get the depth they were seeking. How might we create more communication points between parents and teachers so progress updates are not too little, too late?

Opportunity Areas

  • How might we create more communication points between parents and teachers so progress updates are not too little, too late?
  • How might move beyond the 15 minutes so that parents are brought along on their child’s learning journey.
  • How might we move beyond the “cram and slam” conversations to a model that brings everyone along?


Project Ideas:

  • Tools/processes that help parents get more frequent windows in to student learning
  • Innovations in scheduling so conferences aren't always so crammed, and more depth can be achieved   

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Promote opportunities for parents & teachers to communicate informally prior to & after conferences to make more meaningful partnerships.

Promote opportunities for parents & teachers to communicate informally prior to & after conferences to make more meaningful partnerships.

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A  bespoke, shared e-document that surfaces the concerns of teachers, students, and guardians before, during and after meeting.

A bespoke, shared e-document that surfaces the concerns of teachers, students, and guardians before, during and after meeting.

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