Every spring, all classes in grades K-5 at McGraw hold student-led conferences. Student-led conferences are just one type of conferences held at McGraw. Student-led conferences are formal conferences, led by the students, where children are involved in discussing their work and progress with their parents. McGraw teachers help students prepare to lead their own conferences so student can be successful in sharing about their learning with others.
During your child’s conference, you can expect that they will show you work samples from their IB student portfolio and talk with you about their growth as a learner and areas they wish to improve in next year. Your child may also demonstrate learning activities they are engaged in at school, ask you to help them set personal goals, and take you on a “tour” of their classroom and other places in the school where learning takes place. It is truly amazing to observe how even the youngest students at McGraw can confidently lead their own conferences.
Following are some of the main reasons that student-led conferences have become a vital part of the McGraw PYP community:
• Students take more responsibility for their part in the learning process.
• Student-led conferences give parents a clear insight into the kind of work their child is doing and an
opportunity for them to discuss this together.
• Student-led conferences provide an opportunity for students to reflect on their learning, set goals for
continued growth, and demonstrate their communication skills and the attributes of the IB Learner Profile
in the process.
Parents have an important role in supporting their child during student-led conferences. As a parent you can do the following to help make the conference successful for you and your child:
• Be positive.
• Be interested.
• Ask questions of your child.
• Listen carefully.
• Celebrate your child’s learning with them.
• Keep the focus of the conference on what your child has to share about their learning. (If requested, your
child’s teacher would be happy to discuss any questions/concerns you have about your child’s progress
outside of the student-led conference.)
• Be prepared to write a brief reflection/complete a survey about the conference afterwards.
Look for details to be sent home several weeks before student-led conferences regarding dates, times and the structure of your child’s conference. You may also contact your child’s teacher or Paul Schkade, McGraw PYP Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org), for more information about student-led conferences.