When I was teaching, I really looked forward to parent conferences. Each of my students had a folder filled with assessments, writing samples, and other pertinent evidence of learning growth (or needs for improvement). Students facilitated their conferences, talking about what was in their folders, thus gaining a sense of accountability and ownership of their learning. Afterwards, I would talk with the parent(s), grandparent(s), or guardian and inevitably get to know about other family, their work, and family plans. Parent conferences gave me a sense of deeper connection to my students through their families. That connection would start a bit at the beginning of the school year introduction, but a one-on-one, sit down conversation was much better than the 30-minute “this is who I am and what I expect” presentation.