The DOs and DON’Ts of Student Voice
Working with more than 500 student and adult participants in SoundOut Student Voice Workshops over the last year, I have compiled the following list of dos and don’ts for sharing student voice in education activities. The complete list includes planning activities, preparing students, actually facilitating activities, and sustaining student voice afterwards. Today’s post is the last of this series, and covers how to sustain student voice. For the complete article email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask.
voice beyond the activity, DON’T…
students favorably for sharing student voice in an approved way.
students when student voice doesn’t meet adult expectations.
students to share their knowledge, ideas, opinions, and more, and then not use
what they say.
to recognize student learning from sharing student voice with class credit.
the absence of student voice outlets in local schools if adults or students
raise the issue.
the validity of student voices that adults disagree with.
students to share student voice that never leaves the classroom or education-focused
program they’re in. Interpret and reinterpret student voice into language,
acronyms, purposes, and outcomes that adults use.
voice beyond the activity, DO…
mutual accountability between students and adults.
student voice in as many topics as possible, and don’t ignore it regarding others.
ongoing opportunities to listen to student voice and engage students as
building-level and classroom-level student voice activities.
different students to participate across education activities.
“safe spaces” where students can share student voice in the long-term after the event.
adults and students as full partners in taking action on student voice.
SoundOut.org as a resource on student voice including examples, tools, links,