Parent Teacher Conferences at a Democratic-Free School?
Our students have thoughtful, caring, proactive parents. Some of them are new to (or even puzzled by!) this unconventional way of doing school; others feel that it fits like the glove they’ve been waiting for. Many of our parents have spent several seasons in a homeschool or unschooling mode, while some have been on a quest for alternative education in forms of self-directed learning, hack schooling or project based learning. Whatever the case it is our pleasure to meet them exactly where they are along their parenting journey in a way that will benefit their student. After all, they know them even better than we do—their insights are unparalleled!
This connection between staff and parents takes a variety of forms. For example, we began this semester with “Parent-Teacher Conferences,” a time for parents to sit down with a couple of staff members and have a formal mid-year check-in about their student.