Student-Led Parent/Teacher Conferences

Every teacher knows that it is difficult to lead a parent teacher conference – and yet student-led parent/teacher conferences are growing in popularity in elementary schools across the nation, with students as young as six years old helping their parents and their teachers connect and converse. Why are both parents and teachers finding this new and innovative form of parent/teacher conferences so effective? And how can student-led parent/teacher conferences help children succeed in the classroom?

 

Students who lead parent/teacher conferences say that they feel more involved in their education and in deciding on their future academic goals. In addition, students feel like they are heard by their parents and teachers instead of talked about behind their back. At the same time, parents feel that talking with their child and their child’s teacher allows them to hear what is happening in school from their kid’s point of view in a way that they allow parents to better focus on their child instead of criticism for the school or the teacher.

 

How do student-led conferences work? While the structure of the conferences depends on the age of the children involved, most follow a general outline of activities. During each conference the teacher facilitates the meeting while the students shares his progress in school with his parents. The student usually walks his parents through a portfolio highlighting some of his work and may reference notes that he and his teacher have created before the meeting, either in the form of a script or checklist. Students may also share a self evaluation form.

 

After the student discusses his strengths, areas of improvement, and future goals, the meeting evolves into a conversation in which the teacher and the parents share how they can help support the student and assist him in accomplishing his goals.

 

Although large-scale studies regarding the effectiveness of student-led conferences have not been conducted, small case studies find that student-led parent/teacher conferences increases a student’s responsibility for learning and that student-led meetings can be especially helpful for those with disabilities or other special considerations.

Project Appleseed, family engagement, parental involvement public schools

"A 10% increase in parental participation (a form of social capital) would increase academic achievement far more than a 10% increase in school spending."

Project Appleseed, family engagement, parental involvement public schools

This is not an argument against school budget increases, but an argument for paying attention to social capital (Putnam, Sanders 2001). Research repeatedly correlates family engagement with student achievement, yet this strategy is rarely activated as an integral part of school reform efforts (Weiss et al, 2010).  Our program can increase family engagement in your school community!

Project Appleseed's Parental Involvement Toolbox is ourl program designed for educators and parent leaders to supersize and mobilize family engagement.

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Toolbox

Project Appleseed's Parental Involvement Toolbox is ourl program designed for educators and parent leaders to supersize and mobilize family engagement.

Report Card

Project Appleseed provides this self-diagnostic tool which is intended to help parents rate their contributions to their child's success at school.

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You get unlimited membership reproduction rights to our web site content for distribution in newsletters, memos, booklets, pamphlets and more for one year!*

Checklist

How well does your school reach out to parents. The following questions can help you evaluate how well your school is reaching out to parents.

Training

Learn family engagement with our In-person or Online training!. Utilize one of America's most accessible parent and family engagement leaders in your schools!

Events

For 25 years we have lead American education with two celebrated events – National Parental Involvement Day and Public School Volunteer Week

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Download our slideshow: Strong Families, Strong Schools! Family engagement should be an essential strategy in building partnership with parents.