It is important for our students to succeed and a BIG part of that success is getting the students and their parents involved. They need to know that there are things they can do to make things better. This is why we hold Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences. We have put in this packet all the forms we use.
Our school has a high Spanish speaking population and a dual immersion program. One of the reasons these forms were written in Spanish was in order for the parents, who are primarily Spanish speaking, can still read, write, and guide their students. The second reason was so that students in the dual language program could speak in both languages during the conference.
This package has both the English and the Spanish. If you would like just the Spanish one look for it on our site for $2.
There is one that explains how to send students to different stations. (This is a big one for us because we run out of time when we show everything. It also gives the students ownership of the activities and things they do to show them off to parents.)
The next form is the script. Our students are primarily ELL so we use a script. Students will show their BRAG folders first and use the script to walk themselves through it. (A BRAG folder is a folder they've been putting things in that they want to show their parents.) The script is a fill in the blank and must be done a day or two before. -- We have placed this in the preview section so you can see what we are talking about.
There is a parent question form so they are ready with what they want to know from the student and for me. There is a goal setting form. (This is the one we use when they get to our station. Our station is last and any questions they have left are addressed as well as concerns.)
We go through the form and make a Road Map as to how each of us will help the student reach their goal. We all sign. This makes us partners and commits us to what we are doing. The only thing we do ahead of time is write out what we think the student's strengths and weaknesses are.
NOTE: The BRAG folder is kept by the students the whole year. Items are stored until Parent Teacher Conference and then pulled out.
There are two last forms. They both are for debriefing purposes. One is for the parent to write to the student and one is for the student to discuss how they feel things went and plan for another time. This is an important step in the process and is too often ignored. Parents need a chance to let their students know in a formal way how well they've done and students need a chance to voice their concerns as well as share successes.
All of this paperwork has been created for our students from various things shared by co-workers but nothing ever quite fit. We needed it simplified and accessible for even our lowest student to use. This is why we've created our own. You are welcome to take what we've done and modify it to your own needs! Change the websites to those you use etc. Also, remember that students in lower grades will need more time to fill out the forms. We suggest one or two at a time.
Student Led Parent Teacher Conference Forms in both Spanish and English
by Melanie Whitesides
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License