Student-Led Conferences

In place of the traditional parent-teacher conference, your child will lead his or her conference this fall. During this conference your child will show you their work, reflect on his or her progress, and receive feedback. You, your child, the classroom teacher, and perhaps a specialist, will all participate in the conference.

Student-Led Conferences are a very important way to engage children in understanding and taking ownership of their learning. We believe this conference structure will support us building better communication and stronger relationships with all families. As parents and family members, you are critical partners in helping support your child’s learning and growth. Don’t worry: we are designing our conference structure so that you, too, can feel comfortable fully participating in the process.

As you know, Centennial is a year-three Expeditionary Learning school. In Expeditionary Learning schools, Student-Led Conferences are a critical part of the yearly routines and rituals that all families participate in. Holding Student Led Conferences ECE-5 is an extremely important step for our school on our journey to full EL implementation. Furthermore, Student Led Conferences support the growth and development of your children. After the fall conference, we would love your feedback on how it went, how you think the conference style impacted your child, and any suggestions on how to make them better. Please be on the look out for a short survey following the fall Student Led Conference day.

In the next weeks, classroom teachers will be sending out messages about scheduling a time for your child’s fall Student-Led Conference, scheduled for October 20, 2015. We are counting on 100% participation as we launch this new initiative and hope a tradition is born!

Please remember that there is no school for students on Monday, October 19th or Tuesday, October 20th. Students will come to school on the 20th only when their Student Led Conference is scheduled.