Are YOU Making Adultism Okay?

In nonprofits today, there is attention paid towards racial, gender, and other forms of discrimination. However, little is made of a very real form of discrimination that is undermining a lot of well-meaning social justice activists’ work today: adultism. In my new book, Ending Discrimination Against Young People, I define adultism in three ways: BiasContinue reading “Are YOU Making Adultism Okay?”

Getting Creative

In everyone’s life, there’s a time and place to engage other people, and to engage themselves. Now, that could be anytime and any place! The ultimate learning is the essential understanding of how these sustained connections happen. CommonAction has been teaching these understandings for more than a decade. We have a number of tools, lessonsContinue reading “Getting Creative”

Adam Fletcher in Pittsburgh

Join CommonAction’s Adam Fletcher next month as he makes an appearance in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! The Allegheny County United Way is bringing Adam in to speak at the bi-annual APOST Conference. Adam will be on the scene throughout the day, presenting a keynote and a workshop for participants. Presented in the first part of the APOSTContinue reading “Adam Fletcher in Pittsburgh”

Promote Youth Engagement in Organizations

How to Promote Youth Engagement in Organizations 1) Share Youth Engagement. Talk with your supervisor, Executive Director, board members, and other decision-makers. Build support by talking to staff members about youth engagement. Train young people about youth engagement, why it matters, and how they can experience it more. Research resources that might help different peopleContinue reading “Promote Youth Engagement in Organizations”

Adult-Driven Youth Voice

Youth Voice is any expression of any young person anywhere, all the time, about anything. It doesn’t depend on adult approval, it doesn’t need specific spaces or energies, and is always present wherever young people are. The question generally is whether adults want to hear what’s being said. If a young person is talking in front ofContinue reading “Adult-Driven Youth Voice”

7 Student Voice Reflection Activities

Creating a safe and supportive learning environment is vital to engaging student voice. A great way to do that is through reflection. Reflection is a process of looking back on an experience and deciphering the meaning of it. This post shares some activities to foster that process. 7 Student Voice Reflection Activities There are severalContinue reading “7 Student Voice Reflection Activities”

Share the Word!

Help spread the word about my latest book, Ending Discrimination Against Young People. You can share this post, or the webpage, or the Amazon.com page with your friends, family, and colleagues.  You can also interview me for your blog, write an article about the book, or line me up with any of your contacts toContinue reading “Share the Word!”

Cycle: Reflection on Meaningful Involvement

The Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement. Engaging students in roles normally reserved for educators, new opportunities for learning, analysis, and critical thinking emerge. Talking with students about the action they take is an important way to support their ability to make sense of what happens to them. Putting language to experiences is a process weContinue reading “Cycle: Reflection on Meaningful Involvement”

34 Ways to Meaningfully Involve Students

Testing, curriculum, teaching styles, school evaluations… As the banner of student voice is unfurled around the world, we see more young people standing up in unprecedented numbers than ever before. They’re demanding what is rightfully theirs: Meaningful learning, deep school-community connections, and lifelong success on their terms. We’re just see a movement emerge like neverContinue reading “34 Ways to Meaningfully Involve Students”