Posted on September 29, 2022
Categories: effective instruction, equity, school climate & support

Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT) is a family engagement program aimed at strengthening family-school partnerships by improving parent–teacher conferences in a way that expands collaboration between school and home. During meetings held three times a year, teachers share student data, guide data-driven conversations, and provide parents/guardians with timely information and academic resources to support student learning.

Funded by the William Penn Foundation, APTT was piloted with nine schools in 2018-19 and eight schools in 2019-20 in grades K-3. Six schools continued into a second grant period from 2020-21 to 2021-22: Blaine, J.H. Brown, Carnell, Key, Kirkbride, and McClure. This effort was supported by an external partner, WestEd, who provided training and support to build the capacity of teachers, families, and administrators to effectively engage families in advancing student achievement.

In this research brief, we looked at implementation of APTT during the 2021-22 school year. Key findings include:

  • About a third of students in grades K-3 at APTT schools had a family member attend at least one meeting. Meeting 1 had the highest attendance, followed by Meeting 3.
  • Families rated APTT positively in post-meeting surveys. Families also responded positively about the meeting structure and said they used materials from prior meetings.