Using Portfolios for Student-Led Conferences

Student-Led Conferences involve students leading a discussion about their progress and learning with their parents. This unique method of conferencing encourages students to take responsibility and ownership for their learning by engaging them in an assessment and goal-setting process, empowers student voice, and involves families in richer and more transparent conversations about student progress.

Student-Led Conferences provide opportunities for students to prepare, reflect on, and discuss evidence of their learning through the creation of student portfolios.

Edsby richly supports the process of student-led conferences through Edsby Portfolios.

Each student has their own Edsby Portfolio – similar to a personal blog. In the Portfolio, students can create posts about themselves and their academic or extracurricular success. Each submission is posted to a board which makes it easy for students, teachers, and parents to quickly glance at the student’s proud moments, learning goals, or future aspirations.

When preparing for a student-led conference, consider asking your students to share a proud assignment,

A learning goal,

A career plan,

An area for growth,

Something they advocate for,

A success story,

A high-school ready trait they possess,

A time they showed leadership,

Or a timeline of their learning.

Encourage them to take the time to reflect on each item shared in their Portfolio.

Edsby richly enhances a student’s Portfolio by enabling the use of teacher-curated evidence of learning. Students can use evidence their teachers have shared with them in their Portfolios to prepare for a student-led conference. This includes evidence students have captured through the Edsby Capture App themselves.

Teachers share evidence to the student’s Learning Story. Students click the blue plus icon on a piece of evidence to add it to their Portfolio.

Edsby Portfolios enable students to create a rich display of their learning journey for use in their Student-Led Conference. Encourage students to take some time and explore all that Edsby can do in this area to display their proud moments, learning goals, or future aspirations.

Click here for more information on Edsby Portfolios.