Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Dear Parents and Guardians:
We are pleased to announce that this year we will be conducting student-led conferences in place of parent/teacher conferences on Thursday, October 20th from 5-7 P.M. For those of you who may be new to this procedure, the student-led conference process empowers the student to direct and report on his/her progress at school. It is a research-based practice used in many exemplary schools. Our teachers have been trained to assist, direct, and support our students throughout the preparation process. They have coached, critiqued, and evaluated their students in order to have them ready to present to their parents and guardians. In short, the students will be running the show. Therefore, it is important that they be here to present their academic progress, report on assessment data and share examples of their work.
The student-led conference process is much different from the traditional parent/teacher conference in which the teacher does most of the talking and the parent does the listening. Often in such conferences, the student is not even present. The role of the teacher in a student-led conference is one of coach, mentor, and advocate. Often several conferences will be taking place at one time within the same room. The teacher will circulate and be present for specific questions on issues that the students may not be able to answer. Of course if a parent wants a parent teacher conference with any particular teacher, they may schedule one with the teacher at any time throughout the school year.
We believe that the student-led conference process puts the responsibility for reporting learning where it needs to be and that is with the student. We are pleased with the learning that is happening at Owingsville Elementary School and know that our students are eager to present their progress to their parents. We thank you for working with them in this journey to become students of distinction and a school of distinction.
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Owingsville Elementary School