A friend of CommonAction emailed today and asked what we’ve been up to. The summary sounded good to me, so I want to share it with you:
Over the last couple of months I’ve mostly been on the road, first in NYC, then Albany, Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse – all on different trips. It was kinda trippy to travel that much – but in every conference I keynoted about meaningful student involvement, my frameworks and everything, and that was stellar. Then I was in Boston for a week, working with Youth On Board to develop their work in four high schools there. Somewhere in the middle of all that I did 3 different keynotes and workshops, one at an anti-smoking youth retreat here in Oly, another at a youth leadership conference in Everett, and another with a group of developmentally disabled youth in Tumwater. Oh, and I’m plying through the edits on the curriculum, and on the youth voice handbook – and a graphic designer is at work on both of them right now. And I submitted four different grant proposals! Busy days ! Plus I’ve begun working with Youth On Board and Academy for Educational Development to conduct a case study of systemic student engagement efforts at the district levels in Boston and Sacramento.
And that’s the whole of it. It feels good to get some sustainable activities going on with CA. Over the last five years of Freechild and SoundOut stuff was sporadic at best. Now I am parlaying that into consistent activity, and hopefully expanding shop soon. Coming up on the radar: A training day at an elementary school, planning the Seattle Public Schools Student Equity Teams, working out the partnership with English Secondary Students Association, continuing my writing projects in our shop, continuing my other writing projects with Youth On Board, and seeing whether or not some of these other grant proposals are going to come through.