1) In response to: "Also, “Family Dinner” is not some monolithic structure; it looks different in every home. We believe that PTCs need a structure that is flexible and can meet the varied needs of learners, families and teachers." Along with...
"Respect for the varied cultural traditions of families"
This is a great point and the question this brought up for me is, how could teachers best be supported to adapt accordingly to a variety of cultural traditions within the theme of family dinners? How could the teacher feel like they have an authentic invitation to "the dinner table" and adjust while still navigating between being a guest and a mentor?
2) Regarding this:
"I wonder how the experience might change if the conversation was led by several students with each serving as the "chef" for one of the dishes."
How do you envision the group of several students weaving in to some potentially important and private one on one time between teacher and parent or teacher/student/parent? Might a group start for 10-15 minutes and then everyone breaks off into private areas to continue the discussions and reflections for another 10-15 minutes?
3) While the metaphor of family dinner is great, it's also hard to ignore the fact that actual food and its sensory draw is what also entices the family to gather around a table. So, any wild chance there might be actual food or snacks at these newly envisioned conferences? Another enticing reward? The challenge of trying to convince an 11 year old that talking about their math performance is similar to enjoying their favorite mashed potatoes might be interesting...
4) Lastly, I like the idea of public critique as you mentioned from the movie "Most Likely to Succeed", though I think the words "public" and "critique" together, especially for a younger child, are potentially super intimidating. Maybe words like "shares" might be more appropriate?