On January 23, 2014, Our first Student Led Conference event was a great success. Thank you to the many families who participated. We had over 85 students attend with one or more family members. The important aspect of this project is that ALL 6th grade students participated in developing their goals whether or not they were able to participate in last evening’s event. For those students who were not able to attend, they will have the opportunity to review their goals and areas of strength and concern with a teacher, administrator, coach or counselor over the next couple of weeks.
We received a great deal of feedback on the event and will go through the information and make any adjustments in the process necessary.
We are grateful to our 6th grade language arts and math teachers who prepared the students. In addition, we are very appreciative of the many others who participated in the planning of the event as well as the event itself. We are grateful to Dr. Walsh for her vision in this process and the administrative team for their support and participation. It is truly a team effort.
The true measure of the success of the event will be in whether we meet our goal that EVERY student will make at least one year’s learning gain. In order to achieve that goal we must:
- Encourage students to accept personal responsibility for their academic performance
- Help students recognize and take ownership for the things that interfered with their learning success
- Teach students the process of self-evaluation
- Develop students’ oral communication skills and organizational skills
- Increase students’ self-confidence
- Enhance communication between students and parents about their education
The students will continue to track their academic progress through the remainder of the year. Next year (2014-15), we will include the new 6th grade students and the 7th grade students (now 6th grade) in this process. We plan to do this earlier in the school year so that they have additional time to track their progress and focus on their areas of concern.
If you have any additional questions, please contact April McManus
The Student Led Conference Team