Communicate early and often!Don't wait for problems to arisebefore getting in touch with parents.Introduce yourself early on so they know who you are!
Preparation is everything!Make sure to document instances in which you want to bring up with parents during meetings.
Take a step back and try to look at the situation from the perspective of the student and their parents, this helps to steer the conversation.
Be sure to present the situation as accurately as possible!
Dress appropriately! Meeting parents in the appropriate attire lends weight to the meeting! Choosing the appropriate location also helps!
Parents can be an invaluable support and source for information, let them speak!
Make sure to follow-up after the meeting, even an email detailing the conversation and plan moving forward goes a long way.Keeping a log of meetings and conversations with parents is also a good idea.Now would also be the time to put the plan for the student into motion.
Make sure to keep parents in the loop of their child's progress.
With the the wide availability of technology, creating and sharing a tracker for student progress is a great idea!
Continue to meet with parents at least once every quarter to keep them updated on their child's progress.