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HVP October 2016

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Page 16 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 17 work together to come up with a plan, Ferreri says. "If homework is an issue, the child could be asked to show [the] homework planner to parents every night and have [parents] initial it," she adds. "If the issue is behavioral, such as disrupting class, it might be appropriate to ask the child and guidance counselor to attend the conference. Most importantly, there should be follow-up after the confer- ence." This type of planning has helped Christie over the years. "A definitive plan to start imple- menting immediately after the meet- ing and setting realistic goals for my child is very important to me," she says. "I want more than anything for my children to succeed and to have support available to them at all times." Parents need to follow through with the plans set forth, Christie stresses. "Teachers have many stu- dents and may let some things fall to the wayside. You are your child's best advocate and you need to en- sure they are getting the education they deserve." Karen Kaufman Orloff is a free- lance writer and author of nine books for children, including I Wan- na Iguana, I Wanna New Room, and I Wanna Go Home. Her most recent book is Miles of Smiles. "A parent-teacher conference is an opportunity to discuss the child's progress and to come together as a team to help the child be successful." DELLA FERRERI French Teacher at Millbrook Middle School and High School

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