Student-Led MAP Goal Setting Conferences

RE: ALL AISM PARENTS

Student-Led MAP Goal Setting Conferences will be held from September 14th – 20th (this Friday to next Thursday from3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.) Please note that our school’s “Open house” is scheduled for Friday, September 21st, in the afternoon, so you will have the opportunity to meet the entire American International School of Monrovia Teaching Team.

Our teachers will host individual goal setting meetings with your students to ensure that they achieve measurable student progress here at AISM! For the roughly 40% of parents who just joined our community this school year, please be sure to sign up for a time as per the meeting tool implemented by your student’s homeroom teacher. Teachers will start to arrange meetings either this afternoon, or tomorrow afternoon.

  • Returning parents STOP here!
  • “New” parents, please read below to ensure a productive “Student-Led MAP Goal Setting Meeting” with your student and homeroom teacher.

To the parents who recently became a part of the greater American International School Community:

Information about our Student-Led MAP Goal Setting meetings is below. Please review and be prepared for a productive meeting, as this is the time “when students, parents, and teachers celebrate learning.”

STUDENT-LED MAP GOAL SETTING CONFERENCES
September 14th – 20th
“The time when students, parents, and teachers celebrate learning”
TIPS FOR PARENTS

Why Student-Led?

  • To enhance student learning.
  • To report progress of students more effectively.
  • To use more authentic assessment of learning.

THE PROCESS OF PREPARING AND CONDUCTING CONFERENCES ALLOWS STUDENTS TO:

  • Reflect and report on their learning in different classes with the goal of comparing the different factors that have an effect on their learning.
  • Reflect on their effectiveness as active learners with the goal of improving future performance.
  • Practice setting goals and articulating strategies.
  • Better understand how they are evaluated.
  • Organize and carry out a presentation about his/her learning.
  • Practice and demonstrate analytical and communication skills.
  • Express their points of view rather than passively receive an evaluation about them.

Why MAP Results? Why Reflect?

  • MAP Results make learning become “visible” as the assessment measures and shows what students know and what they’re ready to learn next”. On the other hand, the content in MAP Results demonstrate progress over time in a specific subject, and during a specific period of time.
  • MAP Results create a situation in which each student must examine his/her own performance. They help direct the conversation around the students’ needs and what really matters: less focus on grades and more on student learning and continual improvement.
  • MAP Results and Student-Led Conferences create a powerful process that motivates students to self-assess, articulate tangible improvement goals, and take pride in their work. It leads students to think about how they can learn more and better.
  • Through structured self-analysis and reflections, students “learn how to learn”.
  • For Parents and Students, the experience of attending a focused student led conference is a powerful way to understand and to assess the child’s development in specific academic areas.
  • MAP Results create a situation in which students must examine their own learning based on concrete and valid evidence. This shifts the focus away from the external influences and places students in a position of assuming responsibilities for their actions.

The Teacher’s Role in the Student-Led Conference

  • Teach the students the necessary skills to self-evaluate and lead the conference.
  • Help students set goals for the following trimester.
  • Provide guidance and encouragement.
  • Help students enhance their communication skills and rehearse conferences in class.
  • On the day of the conference, act as a facilitator opening the conference, explaining how it works, revisiting the learning objectives of the trimester, encouraging the child to lead the conference, monitoring the time, and closing the conference.
  • Only intervene in the conference if the child can’t progress. Allow the child to continue on his own, once s/he gathers confidence.
  • Let parents know that there will be other opportunities to meet with the teacher if they need to talk about any specific concerns.

The Student’s Role in the Student-Led Conference

  • Assume the responsibility to report learning and progress.
  • Set goals for the trimester with his/her teacher and parent’s help.
  • Evaluate and translate honestly his/her work and progress.
  • Learn to communicate in a way, which is understood and satisfying for themselves and their parents.

The Parents’ Role in the Student-Led Conference

  • Before conferences, ask the children about their performance and areas for improvement.
  • Bring the children to the conferences.
  • Trust that children can report and reflect on their learning. Allow that the children use all the time of the conference to report on their progress.
  • Ask questions, encourage, and praise the child’s work and effort.
  • Ask the children questions to help them decide goals for the following trimester.
  • Assist the teacher in maintaining the time limit and schedule a new meeting if you have to discuss specific issues.
  • Talk about the conference with their child before and after the conference

QUESTIONS PARENTS MAY ASK THEIR CHILDREN DURING THE CONFERENCE:

“Tell me about what you learned in this assignment? – ” “What did you have to do in this assignment?” – “What was the most challenging part?” – “What skills did you have to use?” – “What do you think you did well? Why?” – “If you had to do this assignment again, what would you do to improve it? Why?”

POST CONFERENCE PARENT REFLECTIONS:

Parents should take some time to comment or write a letter to their child reflecting on her/his performance during the student-led conference. Should you write, we ask you to provide us with a copy of the letter the week after conferences take place, so that it becomes part of your child’s MAP Results.

Below are some ideas for discussion:

“I felt proud because…” – “Keep up the good work on…” – “I find it interesting that…” – “I know that sometimes you have difficulty with…- but…-” – “Why do you…?” – “I am glad to see that you are taking an active role in your education by…” – “I am glad to see that you are making an extra effort in…” – “Now you are more…” – “How can I help you to…?” – “Some ways I can help you are…” – “What if we…?” – “Let’s….” – “I enjoyed your conference because…” – “Next time you may want to…”

Your children will love to hear your reactions to the conferences and they will be more motivated.

Thank you for your support!!!

Jeff … and the AISM Teaching Team

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