Time and resources are tight this year, so it’s tempting to cut conferring from the schedule. We argue that this year (and all years) it needs to be at the center of all we do. Participants will learn how to build a conferring community that encourages:
- Student-driven writing conferences in both virtual and face-to-face spaces
- Independent reading engagement through formative book chats
- Supportive, low stakes classroom dialogues for student (and teacher) social emotional wellness
- Personal interaction that supports student growth while maintaining relationships — yes, even in a virtual space!