Episode 43: Student-led Conferences with Cathy Whitehead

In episode 43, Michael and Dan interview 2016 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Cathy Whitehead on student-led conferences.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Brandt, S. (2003). What parents really want out of parent-teacher conferences. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 39(4), 160-163.
  2. Culver, L., & Cousino, G. (2000). Building a partnership. Schools in the Middle, 9(5), 12-15.
  3. Hackmann, D. (1995, Nov.). Student-led conferences: Encouraging student-parent academic discussions. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Middle School Association, New Orleans, LA. Retrieved from eric.ed.gov/?id=ED388449
  4. Hackmann, D., Kenworthy, J., & Nibbelink, S. (1998). Student empowerment through student-led conferences. Middle School Journal, 30(1), 35-39.
  5. Kinney, P. (2012). Student-led conferences support learning. Principal Leadership, 13(3), 55-57.
  6. Stiggins, R. J., & Chappuis, J. (2005). Using student-involved classroom assessment to close achievement gaps. Theory into Practice, 44(1), 11-18.
  7. Tuinstra, C., & Hiatt-Michael, D. (2004). Student-led parent conferences in middle schools. School Community Journal, 14(1), 59-80.
  8. Find more on Steven Covey’s The Leader in Me, which Cathy mentioned, on the website: http://www.theleaderinme.org/the-leader-in-me-book/
  9. Additionally, articles and peer-reviewed research about student-led conferences can be found at edutopia.org .
  10. Note: Cathy wants to send a big thank you to Cheryl Lambert, data and instructional coach at West Carroll SSD in Trezevant, Tennessee, for sharing her publication research.
  11. One of Dan’s favorite articles on democratic education details student-led students conferences in addition to including students in all aspects of teaching and learning: Brodhagen, B. (1995). The situation made us special. In M. W. Apple & J. A. Beane’s Democratic schools, 83-100. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Cathy Whitehead is a third-grade teacher in rural West Tennessee and the 2016 Tennessee Teacher of the Year. You can read her blog at readrunteach.blogspot.com or chat with her on Twitter @CathyWhitehead1.

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