The Importance of Parental Involvement in Education

When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more. (

Parent Teacher ConferenceParent-Teacher conferences are one of the few times when educators can directly interface with parents and guardians. Parent-Teacher conferences increase parental and community involvement with your school district and this can improve your student’s education. The challenge associated with Parent-Teacher conferences is that scheduling hundreds or thousands of parents, each having multiple courses, can be a daunting task.  Poor conference setup and scheduling can be stressful, not only to the school district, but also to the parents that may spend many hours waiting to meet with their child’s teachers or may not be able to meet and communicate with a student’s teacher at all. With PowerPTC, we want to make the limited face-to-face experiences that we as educators have with parents a positive one.

PowerPTC takes the frustration out of scheduling your parent-teacher conferences, as well as reduces the amount of time and work required by your staff.  PowerPTC is a simple, but extremely intelligent solution that allows parents to schedule their own appointments, and PowerPTC will optimize their schedule in a number of unique ways.

With PowerPTC Parents are able to:

  • Spend the minimum amount of time in your buildings with more time spent meeting and less time waiting
  • Have the minimum amount of walking between floors and rooms
  • Select a start time that best fits their busy schedules
  • Schedule their appointments at their leisure online from a traditional PC, smart phone, or tablet
  • Get email reminders of their approaching appointments
  • Schedule multiple students with a single account
  • View student grades, attendance, and teacher’s comments at the time of scheduling

To see just how easy it is for parents to schedule their appointments, watch the video below:

For many districts, scheduling parent-teacher conferences can be a task that consumes multiple full-time employee’s time for days or weeks, but this doesn’t have to be the case! With PowerPTC, there is no more manual schedule creation by your staff, parents set up their own schedules online and may modify them at any time, any day of the week, during a scheduling window that your organization chooses.

With PowerPTC your staff will:

  • No longer be tied up for days or weeks taking phone calls and scheduling appointments
  • Not have to resolve embarrassing scheduling conflicts

With PowerPTC, teachers can focus on what is really important, communicating with their student’s guardians and parents. Teachers are taken out of the task of having to schedule appointments with parents, but benefit from a higher turnout of parents due to the simplified scheduling process. PowerPTC supports scheduling teachers who teach the traditional teaching model, as well as team teaching, where the parents have the option to meet with all teachers. Teachers have the ability to view their schedules in real time as parents schedule, as well as the option to take attendance for parents to help gauge involvement.

Parent-teacher conferences may be required annually by the No Child Left Behind Act, but that doesn’t mean they need to be difficult.  Let PowerPTC help make your next parent-teacher conference a success and let’s improve education together!

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