Take a stand with students on Better World Day: May 3rd, 2019

Station-Based Student-Led Conferences in Kindergarten

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At Conway Elementary School, a public, district, EL Education school in Escondido, California, students and their families rotate through three stations in which Kindergarteners are leaders of their own learning. Hear from Conway parents how student-led conferences have been transformative in their first year of school-wide SLC implementation.


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At Conway Elementary School, a public, district, EL Education school in Escondido, California, students and their families rotate through three stations in which Kindergarteners are leaders of their own learning. Hear from Conway parents how student-led conferences have been transformative in their first year of school-wide SLC implementation.


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- This year was the first year that we implemented school-wide, student-led conferences and student-led conferences were absolutely, exceeded all of our expectations. There was a lot of work but we knew that if we were going to make this learning public, our students have to be prepared for it and our students blew everyone away.

- I will do it by myself.

- She obviously had rehearsed it because she knew what she was talking about and it just really blew us away. It really is student-led conference. You come in and they’re the ones who are directing the whole thing.

- We’ve been practicing getting ready for this day and now it’s here. Are you ready?

- [Children] Yes.

- I am ready because you get to show what you know to your family or somebody whose coming to watch you. We have two nice friends, Freida and Juliana, right? They’re going to watch Aiden and Samantha because their mommy already came. Take your mommy’s hand and say I’m so glad you’re here today.

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- Yes, because your mama speaks Spanish, I would say that. And then if you’re going to take your portfolio, you choose where to go. You’re the boss. You can go on the date table, you can go where you sit.

- Wherever we want.

- Yes. But then what kind of a voice are you going to use? Nice.

- Loud, strong

- Nice strong voice.

- If you finish E.P.I.C. Mountain, then go to the next thing. If you finish your portfolio, finish the next thing. Do you have to wait for me to tell you?

- [Students] No.

- No, not today because today it’s your turn to be the boss.

- [Student] I can’t wait for my mom.

- [Student] She’s going to be super proud of me.

- [Student] I’m excited.

- [Several Students] Me too.

- When I first heard about this, I’m like, okay this should be interesting. I’m like, what’s he have to say, right?

- [Teacher] I see three more moms coming, and a daddy.

- It’s awakening, honestly.

- Hi families. We’re so glad you’re here. This is our very first time to do a second portfolio day in the year. So thank you for being willing to come and take time out of your busy day. I appreciate it.

- Your child is telling you the report on himself, I think that says a lot just on the character. I think that takes a lot.

- One thing they’re going to do is have you come to a table and listen to their portfolio. Another thing is they are going to take you to our Expedition Wall called E.P.I.C. Mountain, and kind of tell you some things we’ve been learning in class. And the last thing is they have some stories in the Story Bag, we call it, that they need to practice telling you the story. So, they know what to do, so they’re kind of the boss of this experience. Take your grown-ups where you need to go. You know where to go

- He tells you what his strengths are, where he’s struggling, what he plans to do about it. He breaks it down and it’s not just on any subject but he also shows me what he’s able to do and how he does it, and how he learned it, and why he got it down.

- I also have my symbol book of the U.S.A.

- It’s amazing, what they’ve learned so far and they reflect up on it. It’s not like they’re waiting for their teacher to cue them in, or chime them in. Yeah, the teachers there in the background but it’s really just you and your child.

- George Washington is important because he was the first President of the U.S.A. Abraham Lincoln is important because he was brave and good.

- This is the flag that I made. It was really hard because it was wavy.

- It was wavy, oh no.

- What does integrity mean?

- Integrity means doing the right choice.

- Taking responsibility for their learning, that’s the first thing I think of when I think of EL and that’s really going to prepare them to be adults. I feel like we don’t have those life skills sometimes unless we learn them and we’re taught them. So starting from an early age, the public speaking.

- [Principal] Our students knew exactly where they were, set goals. But they didn’t do just that. They also identified their plan to actually reach those goals.

- No, no way. I did all the hard work. You guys didn’t. You were very, very lazy. Just like you little baby

- [Teacher] Alright families, we only have a few more minutes.

- At my job, if I were to lead a conference on my work, what I think I’ve learned, what I plan to do, I think that’s a lot to process. The maturity level is out-the-roof on that one.

- Setting the bar high and then also really changing who the audience is, which is all connected to the EL model has really, really yielded those results and will continue to increase our academic achievement.

- [Teacher] Thank you parents so much. This was very special.

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