Scholar Led Conferences (SLC’s) WPA considers the relationship between students’ families and the school to be of paramount importance. Twice during the school year, the school invites students and their families to attend formal conferences during which report cards are given to families.
Student-Led conferences will replace the traditional parent/teacher conference. SLC' are attended by the student, parent/guardian, Titan Coach and other adults the student would like present. The Titan Coach facilitates the meeting, but the student is in charge. During the conference students lead their families through a portfolio of assignments from their academic classes. Students justify quarter grades in each class by referencing specific assignments that reflect their effort and understanding. Students also complete self-evaluations of their performance in each class called reflections, then share them with their families. Students are held accountable for their progress when they explain areas of strength and areas in need of improvement. The tone of the conference is positive with a focus on what can be done to ensure success as opposed to what has been done poorly.
This year students will be creating a website that shows their SLC work. The Titan coach and student will host the conference for parents using digital materials.
Objectives of Student-Led Conferences
- To increase student accountability and autonomy concerning academics and character.
- To emphasize WPA’s goal of student responsibility for learning.
- To build open relationships with families concerning student progress at WPA.
- To teach students how to persuade by substantiating claims with evidence
Gaye Camara Student-Led Conference
Nicholas Pagan Student-Led Conference