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Posted - 10/15/2010 10:20am
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Student-Led Conferences Benefit Parents, Kids
By Adriana Janovich, Yakima Herald-Republic
, Washington (MCT)
Sonia Bown did all the talking. She discussed her midterm grades (A's in all her classes,
including Honors Washington state history), her attendance record (zero
absences so far this school year) and her career goal (becoming a
And she mapped it all out in about 20 minutes."This was really important for me," the 14-year-old freshman said. "I think it went really well because I knew what to do."
Eisenhower High School students like Sonia had been preparing for
nearly three weeks for their conferences, which brought their parents or
guardians to their advisory period classrooms Wednesday to get an
update on their education.
Unlike traditional parent-teacher conferences, in which the
grown-ups do the talking, students take charge under this format,
which—as the name suggests—are student-led.
And that's something Sonia likes.
"We tell them how we're doing instead of someone else telling for us," she said. "It's a confidence booster."Read the full text of the article here