Each April, Middle School students lead their own parent/teacher conference. Throughout the year, students work in advisory to set and reflect upon goals and monitor their progress as learners in a variety of ways. Our student-led conference model provides a means for students to take ownership of their progress in school and is a valuable exercise in developing confidence and important communication skills.
Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, in preparing for the conference, students self-evaluate on a consistent basis, allowing them to recognize strengths and weaknesses and plan how to continue their growth as a learner.
An example of a student-led conference agenda:
- Discussion of student goals
- Discussion of strengths
- Reflection on pieces of work
- Rundown of classes
- Parent questions
- Student leaves the room for advisor and parents to finish conference