Bring parents together (even when they’re apart)
“Use the chat to poll the parents! It truly creates a sense of community when people can see what others are thinking. For example, ask ‘What is one thing you would like your child to see on tour?’ It’s really simple, but really effective when trying to bring a virtual meeting together.”
“We’ve played digital games like Among Us and Spaceteam to build cooperative communication skills among the parents and students.”
Show the real you (in a virtual setting)
“I typically have one of my children stop by and interrupt. The kids are super cute and break things up—this is never really planned, but it works to my advantage by humanizing me.”
“Parents need to trust you. Share why you are inspired to travel and why you believe it’s important for student growth both as a student and as an individual.”
And most importantly—remember you’ve got this!
Whether you steal a few tried-and-true tips from above or get creative and go your own way, know that your virtual parent-teacher conference is going to be a huge success. Why? Because you know how important educational travel is for your students, and your genuine enthusiasm will help parents feel that same level of inspiration.