‘Student-Led Conferences‘ are scheduled twice per year (in October and February) in the afternoons/early evenings of a Thursday and Friday (there is also time for parent-conferences set aside in April to be scheduled as needed). These conferences provide opportunities for students to accept responsibility for their learning, evaluate their performance, take pride in their achievements and develop their leadership skills. This is a required activity for all PFFS students. If a parent absolutely cannot attend, we ask that they assist their child in finding another adult who has a meaningful role in their child’s life and who can be there in the parent’s place.
Here is an explanation of the purpose/role of all conference participants:
Students – Your conference gives you an opportunity to reflect upon your successes and struggles, set goals for the future, and provide evidence of what you have learned in each of your classes. We emphasize that these are student-led conferences. So students, you’re the leaders! But know that your advisor will be there as a “coach” to support you and you will have time at school to prepare.
Advisors – This is an opportunity to enhance the lines of communication between the advisor, the advisee and his/her family. It allows us to deepen relationships that have already begun to form. Finally it is a chance for advisors to share any serious concerns we have regarding student pro¬gress.
Parents – This is your opportunity to listen, to ask questions, and to provide praise, guidance and support. For those of you who get monosyllabic answers to your questions (i.e. “how was school?” “Fine”), this is your chance to get more information.
On both the Thursday and Friday of Student-led Conferences, students are released at 12:00pm. If you need to have supervision for your child, please contact us and we will help coordinate supervision with other families or provide it on site.
Student-led Conferences and 8th Grade Graduation Exhibition – During the three years of middle school (6-8) at Paulo Freire Freedom School students present their work in conferences 6 different times. Not only will this help them hone their reflection and writing skills, but it also prepares them for their significant and powerful Portfolio Presentation that is a mandatory element of our academic program and a requirement for graduation. It is a substantial undertaking, but our students are prepared and experience an enormous sense of accomplishment when they complete it.