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ERIC Number: EJ782791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Student-Led, Teacher-Supported Conferences: Improving Communication across an Urban School District
Goodman, Amy
Middle School Journal (J3), v39 n3 p48-54 Jan 2008
This article describes how parent communication across an urban school district was improved through student-led, teacher-supported conferences. According to "This We Believe," student-led, teacher-supported conferences empower young adolescents to accept responsibility for their own learning. Such conferences invite parents into the learning environment, helping them better understand the unique developmental needs of their children. Student-led, teacher-supported conferences change the way that teachers design and use assessments in classrooms. Because educators in Anchorage, Alaska, have bought into these principles, through a grassroots effort, the Anchorage School District is slowly changing the way it reports academic, social, and emotional growth to parents. Managing complex change in a large district is no simple task. To accomplish this change, Anchorage is trying to mirror the best practices from the corporate sector. With a clear vision articulated, teacher skills outlined, incentives identified, resources gathered, and an action plan underway, the district is working toward the goal of implementing student-led, teacher-supported conferences district-wide. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska