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New Twist On Parent-Teacher Conferences in Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The Kennewick School District is putting a twist on the traditional parent-teacher conference.

They've decided to go with Student-led conferences instead, and the results are paying off. The Navigation 101 program started in the 2006 school year.

Before that parent attendance was as low as 15%. The new system has raised these numbers up to 85%.

"I did learn more things at this conference that I didn't know about her plans and goals," said Debbie Taylor, a mother whose daughter is a junior at Kamiakin High School.

"It helps you involve your parents more in your work and it keeps you more motivated to do good," said Jordan Taylor, a student at Kamiakin.

"Even in one year's time, the second year it's been a better understanding of what's expected," said Todd Schumacher, an English teacher at Kamiakin High School.

Students from freshman to senior year discuss their future plans, and classes they've already taken. This lets parents know if their kids are on the right track.