Goal Setting in Student Conferences
Joseph Lovett Elementary School

Lovett Elementary has been focused on Learner-Led instruction to personalize learning for students. Learner-Led instruction encourages learners to have meaningful input and choice in their learning experiences, and it goes beyond differentiated instruction to truly transform the learning experience.
Created for educators. By educators.
“If I were to summarize Lovett before, the word I would use is compliance. Kids were required to come in and get ready to receive instruction. Now they have an understanding of their own goals. The “why” comes from the students, and they know what they have to do to achieve those goals.”
Dr. LeViis Haney
Principal
“Traditionally it was one-size-fits-all. But with personalized learning you’re looking at your individual students and what they need. Students know that we – teachers – are not in control of how they progress; they are in control.”
Ms. Melissa Moody-Shumaker
4th Grade Teacher
About Joseph Lovett Elementary
A Chicago Public Schools Neighborhood School
  • 82%African American
  • 0% Asian
  • 16%Hispanic
  • 0.3%White
  • 1%Other
  • 94%Low Income
  • 13%Diverse Learners
  • 6%English Learners
  • 20%Mobility*

How Student Conferences Work in Ms. Moody's Class

Step 1.
Learner led / Provide data and expectations

Prepare for the conference and enable students to lead the discussion: Ms. Moody helps students prepare by providing them with academic and nonacademic data and reflection questions.

Step 2.
Learner led / Define the learner’s role

Prepare for the conference and enable students to lead the discussion: Ms. Moody uses the reflection questions to help students prepare to discuss their progress and needs.

Step 3.
Learner led / Partner with learners to reflect

Discuss data and reflections with students: Ms. Moody guides students through a reflection about their progress and plans for academic and non-academic growth.

Step 4.
Learner led / Coach learners to identify strengths and needs

Work with students to identify and articulate their strengths and needs: Ms. Moody helps students use their data and reflections to understand their academic and non-academic strengths and growth areas.

Step 5.
Learner led / Guide learners to identify goals

Collaboratively set learning goals with students: Ms. Moody ensures that learners set a goal that is achievable, meaningful and paced for their needs.

Step 6.
Learner led / Support learners in articulating the purpose of their work

Collaboratively set learning goals with students: Ms. Moody helps students see the connection between their goal and their learning activities.

Step 7.
Learner led / Co-design learning experiences

Support students in developing a plan to achieve goals: Ms. Moody works with students to plan activities that allow them to work at their own pace and choose how they will show mastery.

Step 8.
Learner led / Establish a timeline

Support students in developing a plan to achieve goals: Ms. Moody helps students create a plan that includes deadlines to monitor their own progress.