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Implementing Student-Led Conferences
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Implementing Student-Led Conferences



August 2000 | 136 pages | Corwin
The term `student-led conference' is almost self-explanatory. A student-led conference is a conference with parents led by the student. The classroom teacher's role becomes that of a facilitator. In a student-led conference, students lead parents through a discussion of their work which is usually organized in a portfolio collection. Typically, several conferences are conducted simultaneously in a classroom with family groups seated far enough apart to allow privacy. The teacher circulates among family groups, stopping long enough to make pertinent comments and answer questions. Students primarily direct the conversation which is focused on their work and classroom behavior. The real power in this innovation is that student-led conferences require students to take most of the responsibility for reporting what they have learned.

The authors' goal in writing this book is to help readers understand:

· Why it is effective for students to lead a conference

· What an effective model for student-led conferences looks like

· How to prepare and organize for student-led conferences

· How to evaluate the effectiveness of student-led conferences

 
Philosophy and Purpose of Student-Led Conferences
 
Roles and Responsibilities of Participants
 
Designing Formats for Student-Led Conferences
 
Preparing Students to Lead Conferences
 
Preparing Parents and Colleagues for Student-Led Conferences
 
Organizing for Student-Led Conferences
It's All in the Details  
 
Anticipating and Handling Unique Situations
 
Evaluating Student-Led Conferences
 
The Role of Student-Led Conferences in Authentic Assessment and Reporting

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Jane M. Bailey

Jane Bailey grew up in Chelsea, Michigan, earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at Michigan State University, and embarked on her career in public education teaching English and reading at Petoskey High School in Petoskey, Michigan. She went on to serve as high school principal in Alanson and Harbor Springs, Michigan; as staff development coordinator at the Char-Em Intermediate School District in Charlevoix, Michigan; and as director for curriculum and staff development for the Petoskey Public Schools, from which she retired in 2008. She was a nationally known education consultant, a gifted presenter, and co-author of three books on... More About Author

Thomas R. Guskey

Thomas R. Guskey, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he began his career in education as a middle school teacher, served as an administrator in Chicago Public Schools, and was the first Director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning, a national educational research center. He is the author/editor of 18 books and over 200 articles published in prominent research journals as well as Educational Leadership, Kappan, and School Administrator. Dr. Guskey served on the Policy Research Team of the National Commission... More About Author

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