5th grader Vanessa VanWhy poses with her Leadership Notebook.
It wasn’t your typical parent-teacher conference at Glasscock Elementary when parents were invited to visit the school in late October. Instead of hearing from the teacher, parents were guided by students during student-led conferences.
Using their Leadership Notebooks, students led the discussion of their performance thus far in the school year.
“Parents were impressed that their child led the conference,” 5th grade teacher Daily Goatley said. “My class used their Leadership Notebooks and a Conference Portfolio on their Chromebook to tie in 21st Century Skills. One parent commented that it was well-organized and informative. I would ask parents if they had questions, and most parents responded that their child covered everything they needed/wanted to know.”
The change from the more traditional parent-teacher conference style is a part of the Leader-in-Me program. Glasscock is in the second year of the Leader-in-Me program, which promotes 21st Century leadership and life skills.
According to GES principal Angie Akers, the school will host at least one more student-led conference during the school year.