There are stages that some parents go through when teachers tell them that their child is working below level. This is a good post to bookmark to read before you conference with a parent about this topic.
What a great idea for conferences~! This teacher makes a board of some handouts perfect for practicing at home, because so many times the parents want to help but aren't sure how (or don't have the materials). Brilliant!
Thinking and Teaching Outside of the Box: Student Led Conf
A 2-sided conference form and a letter to send home. Everything you need for conferences and it's a FREEBIE!
Student led Conferences are all about giving the power to communicate back to the student. Often trying to convey what a student is lacking or need...
Building Skills at Home Parent Handouts - Free packet that contains informational handouts aimed at parents of children in grades K-2. Each subject-themed sheet contains tips, ideas, and strategies parents can do at home to build their child's reading, math, spelling, and writing skills.
Behavior report systems to enhance parent communication
Lots of Conference Ideas on her blog. I just checked it out. Great!