How to prepare for a parent-teacher conference

Meeting with a teacher can be a tense time for a parent, but parent-teacher conferences are an important way for parents to learn about what's going on in the classroom. This video offers parents easy ways to improve communication and make sure the meeting is worthwhile. The video is most appropriate for parents of children in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.
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