Student-led conferences spark conversations about learning

Student-led conferences spark conversations about learning
Posted on 10/27/2017

More schools nationwide are shaking up parent-teacher conferences by inviting students to attend and lead those conferences. Middle school parents (and some elementary parents) will see how it works today in the District 51 schools using student-led conferences.

Student-led conferences help turn what can sometimes be an uncomfortable meeting between adults into a conversation about a child’s learning. Students gather information about their learning, including projects, test results, and papers, and give a short presentation to their parents and their teacher. The presentation sparks a conversation amongst everyone at the table about the child’s growth, performance, and needs.

Having students share what they have learned with their parents and teachers at the same time encourages students to own their learning, steers the conversation toward learning rather than focusing on grades, and often improves attendance at conferences. For more information about student-led conferences, check out this article.

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