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 Academic Parent-Teacher Teams

What are Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT)?  

Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT) is a family engagement model, designed by Dr. Maria Paredes of WestEd, that strengthens teacher-family relationships by focusing on student academic growth and achievement.  The APTT Model elevates the efforts of traditional parent-teacher conferences by inviting all families of the same classroom teacher to meet together rather than individually. 

​A 75-minute APTT meeting includes the following:​

  • Team-building activity to build a rapport with and among parents and the classroom teacher
  • Foundational grade-level skills that students must master by the end of the school year 
  • An anonymous graph of every child’s status on the skill
  • Teacher modeling the activities that are targeted to improve the skill 
  • Parents practicing the activities together in order to use them with their child at home
  • Individualized 60-day goal for their child on the skill 

All parents receive materials for the practice activities to take home. After 60 days, the parents are invited back to a second meeting to receive an updated graph of every child’s progress and learn about another skill. Teachers and parents meet for APTT meetings three times during the school year. 

APTT in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Education has partnered with WestEd to train and support Title I schools on this innovative approach to improve student outcomes through parent and teacher collaboration. See the Georgia map below for current districts in Georgia that are utilizing the APTT model.


APTT District Map in Georgia button to enlarge map