Portfolios are an essential part of student-led conferences, again giving students ownership of their learning and allowing them (and their parents...and you!) insight into the big picture. Side note: on page one of the PDF, check out the adorable curtains on the bulletin boards; inspiration is everywhere when you're a teacher!
I was personally so excited to stumble upon this site! Real teachers share their experiences and awesome ideas for student-led conferences. Learn from some of the different approaches out there and adapt them to your unique classroom.
This PDF chart is an excellent, well-organized resource. Discover the best questions to ask your student and their parents to keep the conference on topic and rolling forward efficiently (time is always so limited after all)! I've printed off this chart to keep in my own files to refer to for future conferences.
Learn from one teacher's journey from basic discussions revolving around report cards to more dynamic conferences. Specifically geared towards early years classes (but adjustable for older grades too, in my opinion), Jane Fung details exactly how to go about facilitating interesting and informative conferences with students taking the lead.
Here you'll find some great templates for an early years student-led conference including a parent letter and a checklist. I also appreciate that the author touches on the engaging nature of these conferences.
This article lays out the benefits of letting students take the lead and provides helpful pointers for the prep work needed ahead of time. It includes some advantages and disadvantages to take into consideration when planning your conferences. I like that this really gives me, as a teacher, something to think about. There's a possibility of combining traditional conference styles with the student-led approach, perhaps finding the perfect balance for your class!