Trevor’s signature family conference breaks the standard mold of the parent-teacher conference. Instead of employing a chain of communication that circumvents the student, the family conference involves the student in the dialogue and empowers them to help recognize growth, solve problems, and take part in developing an effective educational action plan.
The concept of the family conference is linked to Trevor’s philosophy to put students at the center of their learning experience. Trevor developed its conferences more than 20 years ago, in conjunction with the Ackerman Institute—who first prototyped the family-teacher conference in the public school system. The conferences employ thoughtful methodology developed over two decades; teachers and advisors invest great time and care in the process, including preparing an agenda, pre-conferencing with students, and utilizing follow-up and evaluation to ensure the conference’s efficacy.
Every student, from early learner to sophisticated senior, plays a role in the family conference. Together, the group members celebrate achievements, identify challenges, and set goals. All participants have a great level of investment in a plan that they helped to create.