What is a student-led conference?
A student-led conference is a preplanned meeting in which students demonstrate responsibility for their academic performance by providing a review of their work for parents and teachers. The students lead the conference by presenting work samples and discussing their learning, strengths, weaknesses, and progress toward their goals.
Student-led conferences differ from the traditional parent/teacher conferences.
- Students participate in all stages of the conference. They prepare and organize work samples, use checklists to demonstrate new learning, and plan next steps.
- Students lead the conversation to show what they have learned. They receive feedback from their parents and teachers about strengths and goals for improvement.
Student-led conferences benefit students, parents, and teachers.
- Students take more ownership of their learning.
- Parents and students have open communication about school, after-school activities, and other important decisions in life.
- Teachers establish a stronger working relationship with parents and students.
Parents are always welcome to schedule a meeting with their child’s teacher for additional discussions.