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At the school I taught in for three years prior to this we had support team
conferences made up of the student, parents, all teachers, guidance,
principal, asst. principal and attendance ( if necessary ). Anyone could call
one of these conferences for any reason. Student - teacher- principal - and
so forth. They were wonderful. The students came to value them highly. With
all those people present someone was bound to say something positive about
them during the course of the conference. The student had to take notes which
he/she used to formulate a plan, within the next 24 hours, for improving the
situation. Everything was so professional and the students were so mature.
More than once I entered to the hostility of the parent (s) only to emerge
fast friends united in the effort to improve their offspring's attitude,
behavior, etc. Incidentally these conferences could not take place without
the parents being there. If there was a problem getting them in there, the
student would not be allowed to return until the parent came for a
I really liked these and hope that we can go with something similar where I