What I imagine here is a editable visual on a tablet--or better yet, a smartphone-- that allows the three stakeholders to communicate their thoughts and concerns ahead of time (and in real time) creating the document collaboratively. It might be in the shape of a triangle with spaces at the three points for each participant group (student, teacher/advisor, school) to insert their key points. For the student, it would empower them as an equal member of the conversation and allow them to see what's in store. No more ambushes! For parents, it allows them to see what their child is thinking about, aspiring to, or worrying about. Also, no ambushes! For schools, it helps relieve the anxiety associated it with the lead up to these conferences. We can see where parents and students will be directing their energy and we can prepare. It also provides space for next steps so there is proper follow-up or follow-through. Finally, and this is huge for our school, a format like this, adopted by all teachers would allow us to create a template that ensures that school-side concerns are communicated equitably. For example, at the high school level, there are many families who do not know the requirements for college entry or how best to prepare for standardized test--essential content of the parent-advisor conference. The "teacher point" of the triangle would have such points posted on the triangle for ALL students.