The parent/guardian must be willing to let the student speak, saving questions until the end.
The parent/guardian arrives on time. Allow enough time for parking and walking to the classroom, we recommended arriving to Park 15 minutes prior to your conference.
The parent/guardian shares any lingering concerns with the crew advisors at the end of the conference, or schedule another time to meet with the crew teacher. The conference is a time to let your child show YOU what they are learning and how they are growing as a scholar.
The parent/guardian helps the student meet his or her academic and behavioral goals by supporting their progress at home. We are a team, the more engaged and interested you are, the more it benefits your child.
Be fully present: Honor the process with open eyes and mind.
Seek first to understand: Listen, watch, and ask questions without judgment.
Ask questions: Clarify student reflections with respectful questions.
Enjoy yourself! Take pride in the process of your child’s learning
How can parents participate in Student-Led Conferences? ASK QUESTIONS!
Sample clarifying questions to ask students about pieces of work:
- Can you tell me why this piece is important to you?
- What does this piece of work say about you as a learner?
- What did you learn from that assignment?
- Is there anything you might now change about your work?
Sample questions to help students think more deeply about their growth:
- What did you learn the most about by completing this piece?
- What have you learned about completing work that is difficult for you?
Sample questions to help students think deeply about potential areas of improvement:
- What things did you really have to concentrate on while you developed this piece?
- What things would you do differently if you were to continue to work on this piece?
- What can your teachers and parents do to help you learn?
Park believes that engaging families in their children’s learning is imperative for creating transparency and joy in learning. We look forward to seeing you at conferences!