Presentation on theme: "STUDENT LED CONFERENCES"— Presentation transcript:
1 STUDENT LED CONFERENCES AND CREATING A VISION FOR INCREASED STUDENT PERFORMANCE
2 At the conclusion of this workshop you will have ideas on… how to conduct student led conferenceshow student led conferences motivate students to take responsibility for their own learninghow to increase parent participationhow to market the schoolhow vision plays a role inacademic achievement
3 Everyone is a WinnerHave you experienced student motivation problems this year?Are you interested in students taking a more active role in their learning?Would you like students to take more ownership for their work?Are you concerned about students behavior and lack of physical activity at home?
4 Student led conferences could help you put students on “center stage” and take more responsibility for their academic achievement, self-discipline, and physical well-being.
5 PHILOSOPHYStudent led conferences reflect the belief that students should be actively involved in their learning and assume responsibility for the learning process. Through student led conference, students become more motivated, reflective and evaluative. They also become more critical in their approach to learning.
6 PURPOSEStudents accept responsibility for learning and become more aware of the learning process.They report academic growth to parents and progress toward becoming life long learners.
7 POWER Student led conferences… Encourage students to take an active role in their learningMotivate students to take more ownership for their workAllow students to see their progress over timeEncourage students to evaluate their work
8 POWER Student led conferences… Encourage students, parents and teachers to openly communicate as equal partners about student achievementEnhance students’ oral communication skillsBuild students’ self-confidenceBuild relationships
9 POWER Student led conferences… Increase parent participation in conferencesMove students toward goal of being life long learnersFocus discussion on priority standards and their accomplishmentShowcase student workEncourage students, parents and teachers to engage in open, honest, dialogue
10 POWER Student led conferences… Press students to have a vision for their futureUtilize students strengths, interests, and hobbies to garner higher student achievementFacilitate the development of students oral communication skillsEncourage self-efficacy
11 NUTS AND BOLTS Before the Conference Begin the year with a student goal setting conference.Prepare samples of students work to show evidence of growth and goal progress (portfolio).Notify parents well in advance of the conferences.Provide opportunities for students to practice
12 NUTS AND BOLTS Before the Conference Begin the year with a student goal setting conference.Identify strengths and challenges based upon data…Student Interest InventoryParent QuestionnaireStudent Achievement Data
13 Student Achievement Data NUTS AND BOLTSBefore the ConferenceStudent Achievement DataIllinois -- ISATCriterion-referenced tests (CRT)Test of Cognitive Skills (TCS) Performance IndicatorClassroom assessment and performanceClassroom behavior
14 NUTS AND BOLTS Before the Conference Administer self assessments Team work & cooperationBehavioral self-evaluationCitizenshipOrganizational skillsResponsibility
15 Student Interest Inventory/Student Attitude Inventory NUTS AND BOLTSBefore the ConferenceStudent Interest Inventory/Student Attitude InventoryAre you a good reader? Why or why not?Are you a good writer? Why or why not?Name 3 topics you would like to read or write about.How often do you read for fun?How often do you write for fun?
16 NUTS AND BOLTS Before the Conference Begin the year with a student goal setting conference.Set goals with the grade level priority/power standards in mind…ReadingWritingMathematicsScienceSocial Studies
17 NUTS AND BOLTS Before the Conference Design a plan of action Student responsibilitiesTeacher responsibilitiesParent responsibilitiesDecide on evidence to be included in portfolio what shows progress toward achieving the goals
18 NUTS AND BOLTS Before the Conference (2) Prepare samples of students’ work to show evidence of growth and goal progress (portfolio).Include baseline evidenceISAT/ITBSRunning recordsClassroom assessmentWriting assessmentsStudents’ Attitude InventoryHave students organize their work with a table of contents.
19 NUTS AND BOLTS Before the Conference (2) Prepare samples of students’ work to show evidence of growth and goal progress (portfolio).Ask students to explain and reflect upon their choices (Post-Its or note cards)I put this in my portfolio because…I feel good about this piece because…If I did this piece again, I would improve it by…
20 NUTS AND BOLTS Before the Conference (3) Notify parents will in advance of the conference.Send home a letter explaining the conference format and why it is being used…Why are you having student led conferences?How will the conferences be different?If necessary, when can parents talk to you without the student?When and where will the conference be held?
21 NUTS AND BOLTS Before the Conference (3) Notify parents will in advance of the conference.Develop parent conferencing questions to guide parents through the process…Reading:What books have you been reading?What book did you enjoy most? Why?What are you reading now?What new words have you learned?Read me a page from the book you are currently reading.
22 NUTS AND BOLTS Before the Conference Parent Questionnaire Letter to parent (see next slide)What are your child’s academic strengths?What subjects are the most difficult for your child?Describe what your child enjoys doing most in his/her spare time.In what clubs or activities does your child participate?Is your child physically active?
23 NUTS AND BOLTS Before the Conference Parent Questionnaire How much time each evening does your child spend…Watching TV?Reading?Completing homework?What 3 words would best describe your son or daughter?
24 NUTS AND BOLTS Before the Conference (4) Provide opportunities for students to practice.Model the processTeacher to teacherTeacher to teacher assistantWith students, develop a checklist describing student roleOrganize student to student practice sessions
25 Conference Checklist for Students NUTS AND BOLTSBefore the ConferenceConference Checklist for StudentsIntroduce your parent to your teacherTell your parent about…Your reading goalYour reading log and the books you have readYour reading reflections about what you have read
26 Conference Checklist for Students NUTS AND BOLTSBefore the ConferenceConference Checklist for StudentsTell your parents about…Our reading rewards programYour vocabulary journal and new words that you have learned____________________________Ask your parent if he/she has questionsThank your parent for coming
27 NUTS AND BOLTS During the Conference Introduction (1 minute) Orientation (2 minutes)Students Achievement Data (5 minutes)Students Goals (3 minutes)Action Plan (5 minutes)Students Work (10 minutes)Debriefing (2 minutes)
28 Introduction/Orientation NUTS AND BOLTSDuring the ConferenceIntroduction/OrientationIntroduction - Student introduces parent to teacher (1 minute)Orientation - Teacher explains conference procedures (2 minutes)
29 Student Achievement Data NUTS AND BOLTSDuring the ConferenceStudent Achievement DataExamining the Data - Teacher shares data that helped student and teacher identify goals (5 minutes)
30 Student Goals and Action Plan NUTS AND BOLTSDuring the ConferenceStudent Goals and Action PlanExamining Student Goals - Student shares goals and explains why they were selected (3 minutes).Sharing Action Plan - Student and teacher discuss their responsibilities for parent (5 minutes).
31 NUTS AND BOLTS Conference Organizer While we look at my work, please notice these things:Math goal ________Steps I will take to reach goal_____________How parents can help me reach the goal _____Plan to monitor progress _______These are the things I do well ______These are the things I am working on ______
32 NUTS AND BOLTS During the Conference Student Work Examining Student Work - Student shows work and reflections from portfolio to demonstrate his/her progress toward achieving goals (10 minutes).
33 NUTS AND BOLTS During the Conference Debriefing Evaluating the Conference Process - The teacher, parent, and student discuss and comment on the conference process (2 minutes).
34 NUTS AND BOLTS After the Conference Student sends thank you letter to parentStudent completes reflection surveyParent questionnaire/evaluation
35 Student Reflection Survey NUTS AND BOLTSAfter the ConferenceStudent Reflection SurveyWhat did you like about the student led conference?How did you feel during the conference?What didn’t you like about the conference?If you could change the conference to make it better, what would you do?
36 NUTS AND BOLTS After the Conference Parent Questionnaire Which conference (traditional or student led) gave you a better appreciation of…What your child was learning?What your child studied in class?Your child’s study habits such as finishing assignments and handing work in on time?
37 NUTS AND BOLTS After the Conference Parent Questionnaire Which conference format did you prefer? Why?What are the benefits of student led conferences?What are the disadvantages of student led conferences?What more would you like to learn in the conference?
38 KEYS TO SUCCESS Students and teachers willing to take risks Teachers willing to step asideFocusing in on student achievement-power standards and their accomplishmentCommitting time to…LearningPreparingPracticing
39 CHALLENGES First time jitters Uncertainty of sharing control with studentsNeed to adopt a student-centered philosophyOrganizing the logistics of conferencesResponding to families who don’t participateVision of the student for their academics and their future
40 THE ROLE OF VISION Vision is a dream in action Vision gives direction Vision determines your destinationVision always precedes great performance or action
41 THE ROLE OF VISION Vision clarifies purpose Vision empowers students beyond known assets-Vision Enables-Vision Empowers-Vision Enhances
42 THE FUTURE-FOCUSED ROLE IMAGE Unsuccessful students had:Very short horizonsBelieved their lives were in the hands of fateHad no idea of where they were going academically or personally
43 THE FUTURE-FOCUSED ROLE IMAGE Successful students had:A vision of their futureGoalsBelieved in their own self-efficacySaw multiple options in their life
44 SUMMARY Student benefits: Accountability for their learning Students learn to evaluate their own progressStudents gain greater commitment to school work and learningBuilds self confidence and self-esteemEncourages student/parent communicationBuilds communication and critical thinking skillsPlaces responsibility on the student and parentAllows students to become involvedPuts students in charge of their learningTime allowed to share and celebrate in learning environment
45 SUMMARY Parent benefits: Increases the amount of information given to a parentLearn more about their child’s learning and skillsAn opportunity to help their child set positive goalsActive participant in their child’s learningFirst language communicationEliminates standing in line for a conferenceAllows for more time in their child’s learning environment to see what the child has worked on over a period of timeFirst hand opportunity to see their child in charge of the learning process
46 SUMMARY Teacher benefits: Less stress on teachers, very relaxed atmosphereLess confrontational (more positive)Places responsibility on the student and parentIncreased parent participationAn opportunity to see students in a leadership role