Before rushing to a meeting, hearing, or conference unprepared and by yourself

Stop. Breathe. Think.

Ask yourself...

  • What is the reason for the meeting? 
  • What is my role?
  • Was I given notice?
  • What do I need?
  • What could the outcome be?
  • Am I ready?

If you don't know, ask. Find out if you should bring records or documents. Ask to review records, documents, or evaluations in advance of the meeting. This way, you are prepared, on the same page, and ready to go. 

If the meeting is regarding a discipline issue, read the student code of conduct before you go to the meeting. For more help on handling school discipline issues, see

I suggest that parents always take someone (friend, a family member, your neighbor, an advocate, or an agency representative) with them to meetings, hearings, or conferences. This person can support you, help you get your point across, keep you on track, and take notes.

Read Crisis Management - Step by Step by Pete and Pam Wright at Wrightslaw

Unsure what to do? Contact an advocate or attorney!