Flip traditional parent-teacher conferences on their head and put students in charge of the discussion.

“SLC’s are a way for us to show how hard we’ve worked, but also to share our opinions and creativity. It’s not just about spouting off facts. You have a voice.”

Olivia, 7th Grader

“One of the greatest benefits of student led conferences is that it puts ownership and accountability on the student.  It’s a wonderful sight watching students communicate their achievements to their parents along with their learning journey.”

Dionne Marijana, La Mesa Community School

“Student Led Conferences provide a safe place for students to discuss their successes and challenges with their support teams. The students are given the opportunity to have a voice in their education, and be active participants in their learning.”


Aimee Trevino, La Mesa Community School

What are the benefits of student-led conferences?

Student Led Conferences (SLCs) promote…

Student Ownership, Responsibility & Engagement

When students reflect on their experience in school, celebrate strengths, and identify areas for growth with adults who care about them, they take ownership of their learning and are more likely to stay on track. They are also more likely to care deeply about the quality of their work if they know they will be sharing it with their families.  

Family Engagement

Student-led conferences help families understand what the school values and what learning at the school looks like for their student. Parents who might avoid attending parent-teacher conferences, assuming it will be all bad news, come to student-led conferences, leading to greater family involvement and school pride.


Student-led conferences provide a window into each unique student’s experience. They are an opportunity for students to ask for the support they need, and for teachers and parents to ensure those needs are met.