Change to Conferences

By: Wilson Everhart
Mr. Everhart outlines some changes to the way conferences will function this term.
As educators, it is our hope and objective that Country School Upper School students take on ever greater initiative and ownership over their learning and goal setting. To that end, this spring, the Upper School advisors will be hosting a different style of Parent-Teacher conferences for families of 6th-8th graders.

Parents and students will experience three primary changes this spring:

  1. All Country School families will note that conferences will be held in the afternoons of April 19th and 20th, and classes will be held during the morning of each of these days.

  1. Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will be expected to attend the Spring conference.

  1. In April, parents of students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th will be signing up for a single conference lasting roughly 30 minutes with the advisor.

At their core, these Spring Parent Teacher conferences will be a collaborative conversation with child, parent, and advisor with the child playing an important role in articulating his or her areas of growth this year; specific ways in which he or she wants to strive to improve over the course of the spring; and goals for the summer, following school year, and beyond.

While the advisors and parents will play a central role in guiding the conversation on the day of the conference, advisors will also be spending time this spring helping their advisees reflect in advance of these conversations. Students will not be made to feel that they are sitting across from a panel of cold and indifferent examiners. Instead, during the conference, advisors will work with you as parents to help convey to your children that they are surrounded by caring adults who will help structure, support, and nurture their curiosity, learning, and work habits; while driving home the important point that it should increasingly become the responsibility of your child, as an active and engaged student, to set and pursue meaningful goals.


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