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March 4: Student-Led Conferences/Parent-Teacher Interviews

February 28, 2014

On Tuesday, March 4 schools will be holding either student-led conferences or parent-teacher interviews, depending on the level of school (ie: elementary, middle, secondary). The school, or teachers, will provide more information and advise parents on how to schedule their meeting time.

Please note that on March 4, STUDENTS ARE ONLY IN ATTENDANCE DURING THEIR SCHEDULED MEETING TIME. School buses WILL NOT be running on this day.

The goal of these conferences and interviews is to provide parents with a deeper understanding of what and how their child is learning; the criteria for success; what the next learning goals may be; and how parents can support their child's learning at home.

During student-led conferences, for the most part the student is in charge of showing their parents/guardians what he/she has been doing and learning at school. When students have the opportunity to show, explain and demonstrate their learning, they are not only communicating their ​accomplishments and understanding, but also sharing what and how they are learning, and the criteria for success. In addition such student involvement develops students' self-assessment and communication skills; builds independence, confidence, self-esteem and pride; provides and opportunity for students to receive supportive feedback to further their learning; and provides an opportunity for parents/guardians to celebrate their child's learning. While the student is leading parents through the conference, the teacher will join for part of the time.

During parent-teacher interviews, parents/guardians have the opportunity to meet with their child's teacher for a short time to learn about their child's progress, next steps, and ways to help support their learning at home. When you return home, some useful phrases that can be used to communicate with your child about what they have learned are:

  • I liked...
  • You must be very proud of...
  • I noticed that you have improved...
  • I felt very proud of you when...
  • I noticed that you put a lot of effort into...
  • Is there anything at school that you find challenging and would like some help with?

We look forward to this valuable time to meet with parents/guardians and students to share insights about the student's progress and ways we can support continued success at school. We know that "when parents are involved in talking about learning with their children, children achieve more. The more parents are involved, the higher the student achievement levels." (Henderson and Berla)