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Student-Led Conferences

Traditional parent-teacher conferences tend to diminish the role of the student. Either the student is not even present or if he is, the conversation is directed by the teacher and parent, who talk about the child in front of him. If the child is asked to contribute, it's on the teacher's or parent's agenda. Many teachers are finding that there's a better way- the student-led conference. This gives students a real stake in their own learning and encourages student responsibility and engagement.
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Student-Led Conferences
  • teachingchannel.org
    teachingchannel.org

    Student-Led Conferences At The Elementary Grade Level

    5 minute read
    Sarah Bradstreet says:
    An elementary teacher shares how she's used student-led conferences successfully in her classroom for the last nine years. She provides a step-by-step guide for implementing the process and provides examples (with photographs) of the types of work that students typically show their parents at the conferences.
  • Sarah Bradstreet says:
    Here is a quick overview of student-led conferences, along with useful tips for implementing them. This page also includes a great resource- a free printable sheet of guiding questions a teacher can ask of students and parents.
  • Sarah Bradstreet says:
    Patti Kinney of the National Association of Secondary School Principals gave a presentation on student-led conferences at the Middle Level Education Institute and the slides are provided here. The presentation provides very detailed, practical steps for schools to implement such a system. It addresses many questions that teachers would likely have and includes detailed descriptions of what teachers, parents, and students should expect and do before, during, and after these conferences.
  • Sarah Bradstreet says:
    This article and accompanying 5-minute video show how a K-8 school in Chicago has successfully implemented student-led conferences, with an emphasis on the way this model enables students to take ownership of their own education. The video shows students talking about the impact that these conferences have had for them. The article discusses how the system works and has been implemented, and it includes links to additional resources such as sample outlines, portfolios, and questions.
  • ascd.org
    ascd.org

    When Students Lead Parent-Teacher Conferences

    8 minute read
    Sarah Bradstreet says:
    What do student-led conferences look like in practice? This article not only describes in detail how the process works at a middle school but also the steps the school went through in researching and transitioning to the student-led conference model after previously using more traditional parent-teacher conferences. The school took several steps to ensure that teachers, parents, and students would be well-prepared for this new experience.
  • Sarah Bradstreet says:
    Teachers and students from a Cincinnati high school explain what student-led conferences are, the purposes they serve, and how they are implemented in that school. It is great to hear from teachers and especially students how this system works and has benefitted them.
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BloomBoard Asks:Do you currently involve students in your parent-teacher conferences? How might they benefit from being allowed a leadership role in this process?