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How Students Lead Conferences

Scheduled twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring, the student-led conference format allows students and teachers to prepare together. Preparation creates an authentic purpose for good organizational and communication skills. The structure builds students’ sense of responsibility and accountability for their learning and helps hone their understanding of what it means to meet their academic and personal goals. 

A vital aspect of the student-led conference is student goal setting. Based on academic, character, or learning, the opportunity to set goals is a powerful way for students to engage with their community assisting them to progress. Formulating plans helps students to be active participants in their learning. Faculty members ensure goals are specific, age-appropriate, and attainable.

 During the conference, parents, the student, and the teacher sit together to review and discuss the student’s goals, work, and progress. Students are responsible for their success. This is the student’s moment to share their growth and reflect on achievements and challenges in the various subjects they study.