Parent-Teacher Conference
Date: 2015-11-10

On November 6, 2015, a parent-teacher conference was scheduled at the International Programs Division. It was a whole-day event. As we know, a parent-teacher conference is a short meeting or conference between the parents and teachers of students to discuss student's progress at school and find solutions to academic or behavioral problems. Parent-teacher conferences supplement the information conveyed by report cards by focusing on students' specific strengths and weaknesses in individual subjects and generalizing the level of inter-curricular skills and competences.

At CMIS, parent-teacher conferences are mostly one-on-one meetings between a parent and a teacher. This type of conferences allows the discussion of information specific to a student in a particular subject. At the primary and middle schools, scheduling parent-teacher conferences involves finding a time that suits both parents and teachers with their existing time constraints and finding locations for the meetings. At the high school, the meetings are typically not pre-scheduled. Report cards are usually given to parents at the beginning of the conferences. Teachers have student portfolios of work to show the parents. Parents come to school and line up to see each teacher they want to see. Meetings happen on a first-come basis.

At 9:40 AM, all of the high school parents and teachers of students assembled at the school auditorium. Mr. Scott Thompson, Academic Principal, spoke to all the audience. Mr. Thompson briefly talked about the school IB Diploma Programme, stressing how we prepared students for their success in the university. After that, high school advisors went on to the stage and they introduced themselves to parents. Advisors would meet with parents in their classrooms and communicate with parents for students' academic progress and behavior performance. Before the meeting at the auditorium ended up, Mr. Jeff Zhai, on behalf of the College Counseling Office, spoken to parents with regard to college applications, encouraging parents to communicate with Mr. King and himself at the College Counseling office. After the assembly, parents went to see advisors and each subject teacher and discussed student's academic and behavior performance with teachers.

It was a great day. Parents felt very happy because they have known what was going on with their child(ren) in an ongoing fashion. Parents were kept informed about class projects, homework and other assignments, students' accomplishments, and any problems or concerns that might arise. Parents showed their appreciation to teachers and requested teachers to continue to give their child(ren) positive guidance so that students would make greater successes in the near future.