Lynn! You nailed it. I was going to write exactly this but thought I'd check first to see if others had the same idea. While teaching kindergarten I had a class website and often texted or emailed photos of the children working (process) as well as their creations (product). This kept parents in the loop so that when we sat down at a formal conference they ALREADY KNEW how their child was doing and we could have a more productive conversation around problems at home, or strategies I was using in the classroom that we could tweak for home, in order to build consistency. Because the parents already had so much info the 20 minutes during the formal conference was relaxed, and we also had time to celebrate the child's work, and share what we all saw as the strengths and challenges of the child.