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Tracy Hill

Grade 5 Teacher, International School of Dakar
Ms. Tracy Hill

Educators' Conference
Area of Specialty:Elementary


Tracy Hill is a Grade 5 Teacher at the International School of Dakar, Senegal. She has been an educator in the states and overseas in Israel, Bangladesh and Senegal for 16 years. Tracy has taught 5th grade as well as Middle School Language Arts and Humanities. She spent time as an instructional facilitator in Maryland, mentoring teachers and working with talented and gifted students.

She holds a Master’s in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and has spent the last 16 years documenting and improving curriculum both at home in the states and overseas. Tracy has been involved in student led conferencing with upper elementary and middle school students for the past six years and looks forward to sharing ideas and strategies with colleagues.


Christy Kinkhabwala

Kindergarten Teacher, International School of Dakar
Mrs. Christy Kinkhabwala

Educators' Conference
Area of Specialty:Elementary


Christy Kinkhabwala teaches Kindergarten at the International School of Dakar, Senegal. From Austin, Tx, she has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades, as well as technology, and reading intervention as a literacy specialist. She spent two years in a rural South African primary school with the U.S. Peace Corps where she opened a school library and taught multi-age Language Arts classes. She has also worked in adult education, teaching English and Technology classes, and holding professional development courses on literacy acquisition and classroom management.

With experience teaching across all walks of life, Christy can appreciate the value of goal setting, self-reflection and self-assessment for students of all ages. Student-led conferences are one method she has found to be extraordinarily successful at fostering these skills in her classroom, allowing for deeper thinking and communication with students and parents.

1-Hour Workshop
Title Student Led Conferencing
Programme Educators' Conference
Days Offered Wednesday October 24, 2012 (14:30-15:30)

Student Led Conferences are becoming a widespread practice in international schools and teachers need practical solutions to help guide them through this learning process.

Student Led Conferences are the culmination of a yearlong process of reflection and goal setting. Allowing students to demonstrate their learning and reflect on the process of learning empowers students and holds them accountable for their learning. Students and parents are able to see growth over time and students gain a deeper understanding of themselves as learners. Students become more reflective and evaluative.

In order for these conferences to run smoothly several things need to be put in place throughout the school year, leading up to the conference. We want to help teachers with how to:

  • Assist students in setting realistic and measurable goals.
  • Help students monitor these goals.
  • Keep portfolios manageable for themselves and the students.
  • Make reflections authentic and meaningful.
  • Manage their conferences so that they run smoothly and effectively.
  • To provide teachers with practical methods to assist them in building a classroom culture that supports reflection and goal setting for all students.
  • To share various strategies and templates that can be used K-8.
Target Audience Educators
Conference Material None.



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