Student-Led Conferences

2018 Fall Conference Sign-up Form.pdf

Cedar Heights states that its mission is to “empower each student to take responsibility for exceeding academic standards” and “pursuing life-long learning”.  Part of empowering students to take responsibility for their learning is to help them discover why they are learning.  They need a dream to pursue, and a plan for making their vision a reality. 

As a school we are taking a step in that direction by implementing the Navigation 101 curriculum in advisory this year.  Navigation 101 is designed to help students develop a plan for their life, and begin to take ownership for putting this plan into action.  One of the program’s components is student-led conferences.  This means that we are having students set goals, make plans, and evaluate their efforts to achieve their goals.  They are compiling documentation of their efforts in portfolios that include transcripts, MSP (formerly WASL) results, representative work from their classes and the goals they have set for themselves.  As part of our conferences this fall, we will be asking our students to invite you, their parents or family members, to meet with them to listen to them present their efforts.  The presentation and the opportunity to ask questions of the student will take approximately 15 minutes, and then you will be invited to visit your student’s teachers if you have additional questions, comments to share, or simply want to make a connection.  It is our belief that the student-led conferences will accomplish two things:  students will take responsibility for the quality of their efforts and prepare them for presenting their twelfth grade culminating project, a state graduation requirement. 

Cedar Heights Advisory/Navigation 101 - Help Me Be What I Dream!

What is Cedar Heights Advisory and NAV 101 all about?

Cedar Heights participates in the OSPI Navigation 101 Guidance and Life Planning Program. We have incorporated this into our advisory time twice a week. Both advisory time and Navigation 101 reflect our school's mission, vision and values.

We empower each student to take responsibility for:

  • exceeding academic standards;
  • pursuing life long learning;
  • establishing positive relationships with self, others, and the community and living with integrity, honesty and respect
We agree to:
  • Establish relationships with our students,
  • know and meet our students' academic and social needs,
  • use alternative teaching methods as necessary,
  • provide additional learning opportunities, and hold students accountable for their learning

When does Cedar Heights Advisory meet?

Advisory meets twice a week at Cedar. This time is used to empower students to take responsibility for their learning by having students examine their involvement and success at school, after school and in extracurricular activities. Advisory time is designed to help students make smart goals for future success and to allow teachers the opportunity to build relationships with students beyond the content area class room. A team of grade level teachers meet regularly throughout the year to provide grade-appropriate lesson plans to be used during advisory time. We have used lesson plans modeled after the ones provide on the OSPI Navigation 101 website as well as providing lesson plans designed specifically for our school culture at Cedar Heights .

Is Advisory a 'for credit' class?

Advisory is a pass/fail class and is a for credit class. This continues at South Kitsap High School .

What is Navigation 101?

Navigation 101 is a guidance and life planning program for students in grades 6 through 12. It is designed to help students BE what they dream.

Specifically, Navigation has been designed to help students:

  • Develop clear plans for what they would like to do with their lives after high school; and
  • Learn what they need to accomplish today-while they are still in school-to reach those dreams.

Navigation 101 operates on the premise that every student deserves help and attention, not just those who are high risk or high achieving. With Navigation 101, no student is invisible: every student has the support of a caring adult at school.

Navigation 101 was first developed by the Franklin Pierce School District . Because of its success there, it has now been adopted by hundreds of schools around Washington State , and is supported by funding from the Washington State Legislature.

Navigation 101 consists of four key elements that provide the structure to help students make clear, careful, and creative plans for life beyond high school.

Key Element 1
PERSONALIZING-CURRICULUM-DRIVEN STUDENT ADVISORIES: Students meet regularly in a small group with an educator-advisor (a teacher or other school staff member). Students typically stay with the same advisor and group until the transition to a new school or graduate. To keep advisories structured and easy to implement, the Washington State Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI) has developed a full curriculum for grades 6-12 that is based on academic and guidance standards. For more information, view the Advisory video.

Key Element 2
PLANNING-PORTFOLIOS: Students in Navigation save samples of their work and their post-high school plans in electronic or paper portfolios. The portfolios help them reflect on their progress and make plans to improve. For more information, view the Portfolio video.

Key Element 3
DEMONSTRATING-STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES: Each year, students share their achievements, dreams, and plans with their advisors and families at a conference the student leads. The conference is tied to course registration, involving families in their students' academic plans.

Student-led conferences, along with the rest of the Navigation curriculum, are organized around three areas: Academic Development (What have I accomplished in school this year?); Career Development (What do I want to do in the future?); and Personal & Social Development (Who am I? How do I contribute?).

The student-led conference summarizes students' accomplishments in the year to date; showcases students' plans and goals for the coming years; and concludes with students' plans for their courses for the following year. The conference also provides a tangible way to involve families in their children's lives at school, by ensuring that they understand what their children are studying in school, how they are doing, and why their work matters.

Key Element 4
EMPOWERING-STUDENT-DRIVEN SCHEDULING: Students who take advanced, dual credit, or Career & Technical Education ( CTE ) courses in high school do better after graduation. Navigation encourages students to take the challenging courses they need for their postsecondary plans, and then offers the resources to help them succeed

What are Student-led Conferences?


Student-led conferences provide students with an opportunity to talk with the significant adults in their lives about their educational progress. This accomplishes two of the steps necessary for us as a professional learning community to live our mission: Students take responsibility for their learning, and build positive partnerships with their parents and teachers to better realize their educational and developmental goals.


Each student invites his or her parents and teacher(s) to attend a meeting concerning the student's educational goals and progress in meeting those goals. The meetings are facilitated by the student and follow an agenda that the student has developed prior to the meeting.

During the meeting, the student shares his or her educational and or developmental goals as well as examples of his or her work (portfolio) to the significant adults in their lives. The student also analyzes his or her strengths and weaknesses, and reflects upon the educational consequences of choices he or she has made. Together, the student, teacher(s) and parents determine what each will do to help the student move closer to the student's educational goals.

Once students have learned how to prepare for and conduct a student-led conference, students can be asked to conduct conferences with their parents at home on a regular basis. Student-led conferencing engages students and parents, and shifts the burden of monitoring and correcting student performance to the parties most affected -the student and the parent.

When do Student-Led Conferences happen?

Student-led conferences happen twice a year in the fall and in the spring. Fall conferences allow your student to discuss his/her plans for the school year and beyond. Spring conferences allow your student to share with you their accomplishment for the school year and plans for the upcoming school year.

Your student will bring home the conference scheduling handout for you to complete. Your student will bring in your choice for time and day and make your appointment during his/her advisory class. You and your student attend the conference time together in your student's advisory classroom. If you wish to meet independently with some or all of your student's teachers, time is provided right after the scheduled student-led conference appointments.

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