I’ll be at the Poulsbohemian coffee house in Poulsbo on Saturday, Feb 22 from 8;30 to 11;30. I’m interested in hearing about ways schools can best engage parents. The district is asking for board approval to request a waiver of no more than 5 days (from 180 days) for parent teacher conferences from the State Board of Education. The waiver requires articulating how the conferences contribute to student achievement. I’m wondering what parents and teachers think. Is 15-20 minutes one-on-one with your student’s teacher worth the loss of two days of instruction? How can the goal of parent engagement be better accomplished?