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Student-led conferences to debut in March

Increased communication between Fulton City School District students, families and staff members is a top priority to ensure increased student achievement.
That focus is one of the six tenets FCSD has begun to utilize to improve its schools and relationships. Newly-named School Improvement Coordinator Debbie Stuetz, former Fulton Junior High School principal, has been tasked with the implementation of student-led conferences (SLCs) throughout the entire district.
“This year is our dry run,” she said.
Some teachers have offered SLCs in prior years, but this process will help streamline communications, she said. The SLCs will serve as opportunities for students to take the lead on their learning, beginning with key information placed in their data binders/portfolios where they track effort and progress of academic and behavioral goals. Stuetz said they’ll also enable student reflection, facilitate parent-student conversation and strengthen students’ 21st Century skill/college and career readiness. Secondary students will digitally present their portfolios.
Stuetz said SLCs also will help students self-reflect and work with parents and school staff members on updating goals. Increased accountability is an added bonus, she said.
Each student will have a scheduled SLC in mid-March. Parent and student exit surveys will be administered at all levels to help us gauge the effectiveness of the process and determine how the district may improve going forward.
FCSD will work to provide childcare and transportation to the SLCs, if needed, as to help engage all families in those conversations.




Brian Pulvino, Superintendent
129 Curtis Street
Fulton, New York 13069
Phone: (315) 593-5500

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