AWTREY’S STUDENT-LED CONFERENCE WEEK IS COMING!
When is Conference Week?
Conference Week is scheduled the week of October 19. Students will be dismissed two hours early each of these days, dismissing at 2:15 p.m.
How do parents/guardians schedule a conference?
Parents visit their child’s conference teacher’s website to sign up for a conference. The conference teacher is the third period teacher for eighth graders and fifth period teacher for the sixth and seventh graders. With the exception of a Spanish section, this teacher is the student’s Academic Habits, Gifted Resource, or Reading teacher. Parents may contact their child’s conference teacher about any requests for an alternate time/day.
What is the purpose of student-led conferences?
Student-led conferences help empower students to take ownership of their learning and make them an active and the most important member of the team. This experience increases the student’s responsibility to monitor their achievements, share their progress, and celebrate the results. Student-led conferences also strengthens students’ ability to reflect on their progress and adjust their goals to realize greater levels of achievement.
What will students share during the conferences?
Students will review their current academic progress in addition to other important items for their success. These items include a learning profile, goals, and work samples. Students will also invite their parents/guardians to be an active part of the conference by asking questions, providing feedback, and completing specific activities.
For families who regularly discuss academic progress at home, will the student-led conference be beneficial?
YES! A student-led conference in the school setting is a more formal expectation for students. The school setting is the student’s “work place”, and parents/guardians visiting the school increases the significance of academic priorities. The multiple agenda items for these conferences are also designed by the teachers to create a professional review of student progress.
For parents/guardians who want to conference with one or more teachers, what options are available?
Parents may request more traditional parent/teacher conferences any other time during the school year. Our October conference week, including the week before and after this conference week, are reserved for student-led conferences. Students will review questions/concerns parents may have, during the conference, and the teacher monitoring the conference will review this information and connect with needed staff to follow up with the family.
What can parents/guardians expect during their child’s student-led conference?
Parents can expect that their child will be prepared to review their achievement. The students work hard to prepare for this special meeting, and it is normal for their child to feel nervous or anxious. The teacher monitoring the conference will assist as needed to help make sure that all of the required items were reviewed. Based on the students leading these conferences and possibly multiple conferences taking place in the classroom at the same time, teachers will not be seated at the table with the students. A goal is to ensure that the students are the leaders of these conferences.
How is student-led conferences connected to leadership?
A priority is to support students to realize potential and become positive leaders. Becoming a leader includes recognizing strengths and weaknesses and using developed skills to make a positive difference. Leadership skills are vital for student and future success, and student-led conferences provide an experience for students to model facilitation skills as they review their achievement with a critical member of their team – the parent!
Will parents/guardians be able to provide feedback about the conference?
Yes, we hope each parent will provide feedback about the student-led conference experience. An opportunity to complete a survey will be offered. This feedback will be reviewed to help the school make the most of future planning needs to ensure our families are active members of our learning team.
Can my child stay after school for the student-led conference?
We will dismiss all students at 2:15 p.m. on each conference day, but we will offer a supervised study hall in the cafeteria on each of these days from 2:15 until 4:15 p.m. Students may take advantage of this study hall as they wait for their parents to arrive for the conferences. Parents are asked to pick up their child in the cafeteria before the conference.
What if a student is not able to attend a student-led conference?
Student participation is required. If a student is not able to attend, the conference will need to be rescheduled. Please contact your child’s conference teacher if any conflict arises.