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Student-Led Conferences: A New Approach to Parent Teacher Conferences

EDUC 600

3 CREDITS

$350

Online

Instructor: Sue Lundgren

Grading:

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $350

Partner Class Offered Through eEducators

Course Description:

Student-led conferences are an alternative to the traditional parent-teacher conference. They are a forum where students take an active role in planning, implementing and evaluating their learning. The course is designed for K-12th grade teachers and specialists who conduct parent-teacher conferences. Participants will read Implementing Student-Led Conferences by Baily and Guskey, reflect on readings and devise a plan to incorporate student-led conferences in the classroom.

Objectives:

As a result of this participation in this course, students will:

1.  Develop a research-based rationale for integrating student-led conferences into classroom practice.

2.  Identify the components of student-led conferences.

3.  Examine and develop effective tools for students to use when planning student-led conferences.

4.  Select state/district standards aligning with student-led conferences.

5.  Develop a plan for implementing student-led conferences in the classroom.

Texts/Readings:

1.  Implementing Student-Led Conferences Bailey, J., & Guskey, T. (2001) Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press

2.  The Highs and Lows of  Parent-Teacher Conferences http://www.middleweb.com/CSLV2TchrConf.html

3.  Caity‚Äôs Conference: Kids Show Their Stuff at Student-Led Parent Conferences (Elementary) by Catherine Paglin http://www.nwrel.org/nwedu/fall_96/article4.html

4.  Student-Led Conferences at the Middle Level by Donald G. Hackmann http://ceep.crc.uiuc.edu/eecearchive/digests/1997/hackma97.pdf

5.  Student-Led Conferences: Fostering Accountability Through Self-Assessment http://coreknowledge.org/CK/resrcs/lessons/05_Admin_StudentConf.pdf

6.  Performance Assessment: Portfolios http://www.smallschoolsproject.org/PDFS/Planning_Resources/autumn2003/autumn2003-portfolios.pdf

7.  5th grade checklist http://www.middleweb.com/ReadWrkshp/RWdownld/student-led_cklist.pdf

8.  Student-Led Conferences: Fostering Accountability Through Self-Assessment http://coreknowledge.org/CK/resrcs/lessons/05_Admin_StudentConf.pdf

9.  Performance Assessment: Portfolios http://www.smallschoolsproject.org/PDFS/Planning_Resources/autumn2003/autumn2003- portfolios.pdf

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