• Interpreters available for parent-teacher conferences

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    With parent-teacher conferences just around the corner, it is important to know that PPS offers free interpretation services and other resources for our linguistically diverse families. If you need an interpreter for the conferences, which will be held Nov. 25-26, let your school know. 

    Here are some helpful and practical suggestions provided by our Language Access Services department.

    Before parent-teacher conferences – be prepared:

    • Prepare questions for your child’s teachers. The questions can be about the program, how your child is doing, homework, support available for your student, school or classroom policies and practices.

    TIP: Your family can use the “Tips for a successful Parent-Teacher Conference” sheets, which are available in the five supported languages.

    During the parent- teacher conference – be ready:

    • Bring your questions and share your questions with the interpreter. Let the interpreter know that you are planning to ask those questions to the teacher.
    • Let the teacher know if you have changed your contact information. Teachers rely on the information you provide them with to contact you. Let them also know if you have a preferred time to be contacted.

    After the parent-teacher conference – follow up:

    • Start the action plan set by the teacher. The sooner your child starts working on this plan, the sooner you’ll see progress. If you are unable to follow the plan, ask the teacher for alternatives. These may include tutoring, workshops, and other student supports services offered at PPS.
    • Ask questions about future communications with the teacher.

    We look forward to supporting our linguistically and culturally diverse communities at PPS during the teacher/parent conferences 2019!