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Student Led Conferences

Student Led Conferences: On Tuesday, March 3rd and Thursday, March 5th, we will host student led conferences. We are changing our structure for spring conferences to be Student Led instead of Teacher Led.

This year through our LEAD work, we have been working on a paradigm shift from "the systems needs to change" to "change starts with me". Shifting from Teacher Led to Student Led this spring, brings us one step closer.

With easy Infinite Campus data and the addition of academic responsibility reporting, parents are provided with information about your child’s learning in real time. What we haven’t done is have students give specific examples and insight to their learning. We realize this is a change for all but we ask that you come along this journey with us to empower students to lead their own learning for life long success.

Why Student-Led Conferences: With Student-Led conferences, the responsibility of the conference rests with the student. Students will share with their parents what they have learned, show their parents their student portfolios, and discuss the reasons for their academic grades.

Our students will use the digital notebooks during the conference. Why use a digital notebook?

  1. Digital notebooks expand the repertoire of techniques available to students and educators to demonstrate learning. Pictures, videos, and audio recordings are added to the typical paper and pencil tasks that students complete.

  2. Struggling students (i.e. writing, reading) are given alternative modes of expression and means to demonstrate learning. This can lead to increases in self-confidence and achievement.

  3. Development of 21st-century skills. One of the 7 survival skills of the 21st century focuses on effective oral and written communication. Digital notebooks can help engage students in practicing these important abilities.

  4. Digital notebooks allow students to track and demonstrate their growth over longer periods of time. While paper portfolios get stored or discarded at the end of a term or school year, digital notebooks can remain available and easily accessible to students, parents, and educators.

 

For more detailed description of the student, teacher and parent roles during the conference, click here Roles in a Student Led Conference

"Putting students in the driver's seat of their parent-teacher conferences creates opportunities for reflection, engagement, and agency." --Edutopia

Please use the sign up below to sign up for a time to attend. Conferences will be from 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Each conference is 15 minutes and students should bring their Chromebook fully charged. Sign up here: https://www.myconferencetime.com/parkwaywestmiddle/ The deadline for signing up is Thursday, February 13th.

If you can not attend the conference, complete this link to request an an at home conference as an assignment. If parents can not attend conferences, students will still have the opportunity to present their digital notebook to a West Middle Staff Member. Form for alternate plan.

If you would like to reach out to your child’s teacher for specific information about progress in a class please reach out to them via email, phone call, or set up a separate meeting.