Difficult Conversations: Parent-Teacher Conference

January 24, 2023

In this webinar, Dave Versteeg, former superintendent of Mason City School District, facilitates our new simulation, Parent-Teacher Conference.

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In this webinar, you will face a communication issue between a teacher and a parent regarding the performance of the student. “Parent-teacher conferences can end up being difficult conversations for the teacher if the teacher assumes the conversation is about the performance of the student while the parent wants it to be about the performance of the teacher. How will you handle this situation?”

Key Simulation Characters Include:

  • Parent of an 8th-grade student in your class
  • Principal

Trade-offs to Consider in the Simulation:

  • Adhering to process vs. adapting to circumstances
  • Providing information vs. active listening
  • Making timely progress vs. expanding time for dialogue

SchoolSims participants are afforded opportunities to work through authentic school-based issues and practice decision-making to improve learning and retention. By expanding their experience portfolio, aspiring and sitting school leaders and teachers build resilience and extend capacity to prepare them for real-life challenges.

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SchoolSims provides a powerful and affordable way to deliver highly effective training for school leaders and teachers. Current and aspiring leaders and teachers are offered a chance to experience real-life scenarios that depict true events but in a simulated setting. Since there aren’t always right or wrong answers when it comes to human behavior, experimentation is encouraged within the simulation as there is no way to fail. Participants practice critical thinking and are encouraged to discuss the reasons behind their choices which allows for peer-to-peer learning.