We are pleased to announce Red Bluff Union Elementary School District will be conducting student-led conferences during parent teacher conference week this fall. In our District Advisory Committee, comprised of parents and staff that monitor and make recommendations for our district LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan), student-led conferences were a recommended practice to increase the effectiveness of the traditional parent-teacher conferences.
Why Student-Led Conferences?
- Empowers the student to report progress, take ownership and responsibility of their learning
- Involves the student in setting learning goals and identifying strengths and next steps
- Requires students to be present and active participate at conferences
- Promotes conversations after the conference between parent and student about their progress
What to Expect
During student-led conferences, the student will report on academic progress, articulate goals, report assessment data, when appropriate, and share examples of their work. The teacher’s role is one of a coach and advocate and most of the talking occurs between the student and parent, unlike a traditional conference in which the teacher does most of the talking and the parents does the listening. Often in traditional conferences, the student is not even present. If a parent desires to have a private conference with the teacher, it may be requested at any time.
Some of you may have experienced a student-led conference. In fact, parents with the experience share positive feedback about the process. For some of you and our teachers, this may be a new experience. For those starting the process, it may look like your student attending and sharing work. For others, several conferences may take place at one time within the same room with the teacher circulating to answer specific questions the student may not be able to answer and to support students.
What is Your Role?
Like the student, who prepares for the student-led conference, parents should be prepared to listen to your student and ask questions. Your student’s teacher will send you questions to review or provide you with these at the conference time to support you in your role.
We are pleased with the learning and work at Red Bluff Union Elementary School District, and this is one such example of our efforts to involve parents in the process. We know our students are eager to present their progress to you. Our goal each fall is 100% parent participation at conferences.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your child’s school. We thank in advance for working with your student and supporting us in this journey. We look forward to hearing about your experience with student-led conferences.
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