Areas of Impact


Age Group

High school and middle school


30-40 minutes 




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Student-Led Conference Goal-Setting

Self Awareness & Growth Mindset, Self-Advocacy, Collaboration & Community Skills

Student-Led Conferences are one of those proud moments in teaching where all aspects of Student Agency come to life.


This document is the centerpiece of student reflection before and during Student-Led Conferences.


Student-Led Conferences at Gateway Middle School involve students’ reflecting on their work in all their classes, then presenting this work to their families and school advisor. This document structures students’ global thinking about their achievements and goal-setting across subject areas. Since students lead one conference each year, by the time they graduate from middle school they have three years of work and reflection in their portfolios to share with their families. While the goal-setting and reflection sheets look similar across the grade levels, teachers tailor them to address the growth students experience during their time in middle school.


Before setting global academic goals, students should have chosen their work samples and reflected on that work in their classes. Also, teachers will want to have access to students’ previous goals to support them in their reflection. Since Student-Led Conferences involve coordination across disciplines, this practice needs to be a school-wide focus to be implemented successfully.  

Student-Led Conferences can look different at different schools. (See resource books and articles below for inspiration and ideas.) To get an idea of what these conferences look like at Gateway, see the Student-Led Conference Portfolio Checklist as well as other Student-Led Conference resources below.

Related Content:

Student-Led Conference Portfolio Checklist

Student-Led Conference Work Selection Checklist

Student-Led Conference Work Reflection

Student-Led Conference Community Commitments Checklist

Student-Led Conference Community Reflection

Student-Led Conference Family Letter

Student-Led Conference Family Homework

Student-Led Conference Checklist

Student Agency Rubric

Family Conferences Goal-Setting

Fostering Student Accountability Through Student-Led Conferences by Patti Kinney

A School-Wide Approach to Student-Led Conferences:  A Practitioner's Guide by Patti Kinney, Mary Beth Munroe and Pam Sessions.

See also resources at the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)