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Eisenhower High School Tries Out Student Led Conferences

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Yakima, WA -   Eisenhower High School is holding student led parent-teacher conferences.  It's the first high school in the Yakima School District to try this new approach.

And school administrators say it's working better than they ever imagined.

"So this is my six year plan," says Sidnee Franck, a freshman at Ike, to her parents.

Franck sits at a table in the Eisenhower High School Gymnasium.  Only a freshman, she goes over her transcripts with her parents.

"I showed them my grades.  I showed them my attendance," she says.

Sidnee's parents listen and ask her questions.  Sidnee's teacher doesn't say a word.

"I just feel like we're really connecting," says Robert Franck, Sidnee's father.

This is the first year Eisenhower has tried out student led parent teacher conferences.  School administrators are blown away by the turnout.  The principal says their school -- with more than two thousand enrolled -- had a 90% turnout among parents. 

"It's about personalizing education.  This way less kids will think about dropping out," says Stacey Locke, Eisenhower High School's principal.

Several middle schools have already tried this approach and a few small high schools in the Yakima Valley, but none as big as this.