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Examples of Remote Student Led Conferences

Part of the Sharing Learning Across Distance Collection

We believe that right now, students can share their learning to support ritual and connection, academic and character growth, and to reclaim agency in a time they may feel powerless.

Our partners are making decision about whether to hold student-led conferences this spring, and if so, how: what content to include, what processes to use that will allow all students and families to find meaning and value in the conversation. 

Here are a few examples:

Tapestry Charter School: Middle School Phone Conferences (Script)

These occurred in early April, and did have an academic component, where teachers, students, and families analyzed a report card together. Conferences also included reflection on remote learning, supported with suggested language for teachers: 

“I know that online learning has radically changed what school looks like for all of us. I have a couple of questions about how it’s going.”

  • What does your learning routine at home look like?  
  • What do you find challenging?  Have you thought about how to overcome those challenges?  Is there anything you need from me or Tapestry? Encourage the student and/or help the family find solutions (Record needs and solutions on the communication log).
  • Learning how to manage our stress or isolation can be difficult as well.  Have you formed any habits that you find help you stay positive, focused and contribute to your overall well-being?  If yes, encourage and congratulate student for their maturity in dealing with the situation.  If no, help the student/family find a solution. 


Meadow Glen Middle School and River Bluff High School: Slides-Based Conference

Both Meadow Glen and River Bluff (in the same district) already had systems for electronic student-led conferences, which may be useful starting places for schools moving in that direction. Templates like Meadow Glen's for 6th graders could support asynchronous or synchronous SLCs. This student example from River Bluff demonstrates how much rich reflection can be captured via these templates. NOTE: neither of these have been modified for school closure; it's likely they would be greatly simplified, that artifacts would be very different and that the emphasis would be on the student's experiences of remote learning.

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We are learning alongside you about what sharing learning across distance looks like.  We would like to continue to build these Collections as our collective efforts evolve. We welcome your contributions: anything you have created to support students during this time is something someone else might learn from. Use this form or email Sarah Norris at snorris@eleducation.org.

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