Transforming Student Voice into Action

After reading this proposal, I am reminded that I don’t talk enough about what SoundOut is doing in schools these days. On Monday and Tuesday of next week I’m heading over to Yakima, Washington, where I’ll be continuing my work with a two groups of traditional and nontraditional student leaders, and several teacher/partners. We’ll be reviewing the results of surveys about students’ perspectives on school improvement, and designing student-driven action plans that will respond to students’ concerns.

This comes after two years of developing the SoundOut School Forums with 15 schools across Washington. Its very exciting, but this is only the tip of an iceberg. The next step in our funding requests is just as exciting – here’s hoping we’ll get some foundation support.

All of this activity begs the question of the role of SoundOut in all of this work; I’ll get into that later. In the meantime, wish me luck promoting student voice in these schools.

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