Use assessment tools to conduct successful family-teacher conferences

K-12 Educator
School Leader
Microsoft Teams


As educators prepare to meet parents, guardians, and families for conferences, the focus should be directed towards creating student–centered sessions. Sharing student progress using portfolios and other Microsoft tools that show student growth is essential to creating future goals for each student. Teams is a digital learning platform where students prepare documents that showcase their learning using OneNote Notebook, PowerPoint, and Sway. Students may also reflect on their learning by creating video reflections using Flipgrid. Insights is a tool that helps educators, parents, guardians, and families visually understand student progress, providing a wealth of information on which they can reflect together and use as a basis for how to move students forward into the next school year. Teams, Calendar, Outlook, and Bookings can all assist educators with scheduling their conferences with ease. The translator app provides multi-language support for school conversations by creating a space for teachers and parents of various languages to communicate efficiently. This learning path helps educators better understand their classes as a whole as well as individual student progress. With detailed information, educators can better plan and conduct successful conference sessions that create a stronger home-school connection.

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Learning objectives

  • Explain how Microsoft digital tools can be used to collaborate more intentionally with students and their families.
  • Describe ways to see and understand where their classrooms and students are in their learning progress.
  • Identify strategies to plan and conduct parent conferences that are centered on student growth and the enhancement of future success opportunities.



Modules in this learning path

Educators learn the features of Microsoft Education Insights and how to leverage the tools to identify trends and inform decision making to best support students.

Make learning more powerful and dynamic with Microsoft OneNote digital notebooks. Use OneNote to compile and organize information, research, and content; support research, collaboration, note taking, journaling, and reflection.

Communicating student progress to parents creates a stronger home-school connection within the classroom. This course is designed to give educators an understanding of how to use Microsoft tools to plan and carry out a successful parent conference that is centered around the student. Modules are arranged within a sequential format to give educators proper techniques and tools to use before, during, and after meeting with parents. This course is meant for use within a face to face or a virtual setting.

This module expands upon the introduction module for hybrid learning, with a specific focus on creating a dynamic learning experience for students in primary grades. Primary grade educators will focus on the fundamentals of using Microsoft Teams as a centralized hub to create a comprehensive and collaborative hybrid classroom designed for primary-age learners.

Microsoft Teams in educational settings is a hub for content and the centerpiece for collaboration. Teams facilitates communication between educators and students, families, colleagues, and the larger school community.

Microsoft Bookings helps educators save time and increase automation in their day-to-day tasks. Automate scheduling meetings and events—in person, online, one-to-one, and one-to-many. Bookings automates the back-and-forth communication needed for scheduling so time is given back to educators, staff, learners, and parents.