Competency-Based Learning Strategy:

Host Student-Lead Conferences

NOTE: This strategy is part of the self-paced Design Performance-Based Assessments

A student-led conference is a meeting facilitated by students with their families and teachers. In this meeting, students reflect on their overall learning, progress towards goals, and next steps. Students who participate in student-led conferences take more ownership of their learning. The communication between school and home becomes more transparent through this form of conferencing.

Bright Spots

Gain inspiration from authentic examples of this strategy shared by teachers who have used them with their learners.

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Student-Led Family Conference

An elementary student at a San Francisco school leads a conference with his family and his teacher.

Student-Led Conference Slide Template

The team at Madison Middle School in Vista Unified School District created a template slide deck that students complete and use to host their student-led conferences.

Students Reflect and Share with Family

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Students at Aptakisic-Tripp School District 102 deeply reflect on their strengths and their growth to share with their families


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Associated Learner-Centered Competencies:

Support learners telling their learning story:
I facilitate the development of a Learner Portfolio: a curated collection of performance assessments from multiple subjects aligned to the Learner Profile, which shows evidence of growth and proficiency in those skills.