Student-Teacher-Family Conferences play an important role in establishing student learning goals for the year. This year, in-person Student-Teacher-Family Conferences will take place on Wednesday, October 26 at all Elementary and Middle Schools in SD83. Elementary and middle school students will not be in attendance this day, except during their scheduled conference time. Students in secondary schools will attend as usual.
The Student-Teacher-Family conferences serve as an informal learning update (previously an “interim report”) and provide an opportunity to establish and build relationships where the student, teacher, and family collaboratively discuss meaningful goals for student growth. Areas of strength, areas for growth, and next steps will be identified for each student.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- Your child’s school will share information about how to book a conference time with your child’s teacher
- Conferences will be around 15 minutes in length for each student and will be held in your child’s classroom
- During the conference, opportunities will be provided to share examples of learning, reflect on areas of strength, and identify areas of further growth
- Student goals may be developed as part of the conference preparation in advance and then reviewed together during the conference, or discussed and completed together at the conference
- Any support required to meet the goals will also be identified during the conference
- Teachers will follow-up with all parents who are unable to attend on the October 26th Conference Day (options include: scheduling a conference meeting on another day, facilitating a virtual conference using Microsoft Teams, or discussing student growth and goals over the phone)
- Conferences will look and feel different based on the developmental stage and readiness of the child; for example, a student in Grade 1 may be more supported through the process than a student in Grade 8
- Student voice and participation are valued at all developmental stages; teachers and families will work together to support students as needed during these conferences
The Ministry of Education and Child Care’s K to 12 Reporting Policy Framework provides an overview of the upcoming changes to the Student Reporting Policy, set to be fully implemented in the 2023/24 school year.