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Catalogue Number:  393278
Producer:  Films Media Group
Subject:  Professional Development
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Educators
Copyright Year:  2007
Running Time:  32

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To run a successful parent-teacher conference, educators need a wide range of skills at their disposal-and a healthy supply of confidence. This video builds both, providing solutions to the problems and frustrations that many teachers face when interacting with parents and guardians. The program explores step-by-step preparation strategies-including specific knowledge and data to have at hand, the best ways to introduce topics of concern and personalized feedback, and the communication and conflict-resolution skills needed to work effectively with parents. In-depth role-playing illustrates positive and negative ways in which a conference might play out and details the most compelling methods for conveying a student's academic, social, and emotional progress. Interviews with teachers and parents reinforce essential concepts and highlight real-world challenges and rewards surrounding this vital part of education. A workbook designed especially for Professional Development workshop coordinators-containing video viewing instructions, a post-viewing discussion guide, and skill-building exercises-is also included. A Films for the Humanities & Sciences Production. (32 minutes)

Correlates to National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

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