Students as Leaders of Their Learning

At Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) in NYC, a father, daughter, and teacher sit together at a table. Unlike a traditional parent-teacher conference, the spotlight here is on seventh-grade student Gabriella Perez as she explains the standards-based learning target she is working on and shows evidence of her progress.

The student-led conference, which takes place three times per year at WHEELS, engages students and their families in conferences at which students communicate their progress toward both academic learning targets and habits of scholarship (such as persistence or time management). During SLCs, students share portfolios of work and discuss progress with their families.

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Gabrielle Smith, Dean of School Culture and Community at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School. Featured on Edutopia.