Teach Students About The School System

One of the main components of Meaningful Student Involvement is ensuring that students have a working knowledge of the education system they’re participating in. Whether they’re kindergarten students or high school seniors, when it comes to education, every student should be continuously developing a working understanding of where they are at and what they areContinue reading “Teach Students About The School System”

20 Ways to Stop Tokenizing Student Voice

As student voice becomes a bigger issue throughout schools, tokenism is bound to happen. Whenever students are in formal and informal roles only to say they have a voice, instead of purpose, power, and possibility, they are being tokenized. Without substance, student voice is little more than loud whisper into a vacuum. Here are 20 ways toContinue reading “20 Ways to Stop Tokenizing Student Voice”

51 Ways to Tokenize Student Voice

With the increased interest in student voice—which is any expression of students about learning, schools, or education—tokenism is bound to happen. Tokenism happens whenever students are in formal and informal roles only to say they have a voice, instead of purpose, power, and possibility. Without that substance, student voice is little more than loud whisper intoContinue reading “51 Ways to Tokenize Student Voice”

Stop Calling For Student Voice

Students tapping their pencils on their desks, texting answers to tests back and forth, and throwing pencils into the ceiling tiles…  Answering questions when asked, participating intently in classroom discussions, and having focused small group conversations…  Teachers integrating students’ stories from their own lives into classroom curriculum, students teaching each other about complex concepts outContinue reading “Stop Calling For Student Voice”

How to Get Past LISTENING To Students

Schools must get past listening to students. Its a starting point, but as I’ve taught with my Cycle of Engagement for almost a decade, its just a start. As ethically responsible educators and advocates, we have a responsibility for getting past listening and towards action. Find out how in this post.  Do you want toContinue reading “How to Get Past LISTENING To Students”

(Mis)Using Student Voice

Student Voice, which I define as any expression of any learner in any setting focused on education, is a burning hot buzz phrase spreading across education circles today. Teachers are latching onto student voice to infuse it throughout their curricular practice; school evaluators are engaging student voice to measure school performance; education policy-makers are usingContinue reading “(Mis)Using Student Voice”

30 Places for Student Voice in Schools

Recently, I was training a group of high school students and adults in schools when they asked me about a previous post I wrote called, “Locating Student Voice.” They wanted me to be more specific and name exactly which activities in school could engage student voice. Being the facilitator I am, I flipped the questionContinue reading “30 Places for Student Voice in Schools”

Hope and the Moral Dimensions of Teaching

“The schools are failing, the schools are failing!” Empty rhetoric about public education keeps filling newspapers here in Washington state and across the country. For more than a decade, or a hundred years depending on how you count, detractors and retractors, extractors and segregationists have been claiming that the cornerstone of American democracy and culturalContinue reading “Hope and the Moral Dimensions of Teaching”

Students Speak Out on Ideal Schools

A student presenting at a SoundOut Speak Out event. Lately, I’ve been inspired by the work of Charlie Kouns and David Loitz through Imaging Learning. Working in a handful of locations across the country, they’ve been having powerful conversations with students about what, where, why, when, and how learning happens best for them. I reallyContinue reading “Students Speak Out on Ideal Schools”