Feedback from the parent community

We moved to Student Led Conferences and parent feedback indicated that they felt there wasn't enough face-to-face time with teachers.

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I teach at an international school in Seoul with a very involved parent community.  Traditionally we held two parent-teacher conferences each year, one in October as we were getting to know students and their families, and one in February.  Only about 4 years ago did we change the February conference to be a Student Led Conference.  Over the years, we received increasing amounts of negative feedback from the parent community about Student Led Conferences.  This was really surprising to me.  Parent complain that they don't get enough face to face time with teachers, and they want to hear individually from each teacher how their child is doing, instead of hearing it from their child, because as they wrote in the feedback survey "We talk to our children every day and already know how they are doing, we don't need to drive to school to hear them tell us again".   We have looked at our approach to Student Led Conferences and tried to redesign how we are doing them, but the parent feedback remains consistent.   I believe Student Led Conferences are a huge part of student agency, but how can we promote that when we have a traditional parent community that has their own (and sometimes opposing) expectations?

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Lauren - If you'd be willing, I would greatly appreciate your support for Guideposts to Success by heading to the post and leaving a positive evaluation, as well as suggestions to grow the idea even more! Thank you!

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