Empowerment and Engagement

My friend Lori works with youth in the Midwest. She recently asked me, “In the scheme of things, how do we motivate the youth to be empowered rather than entitled?” Dangerously, I’ll suggest that motivation comes through our own experience and example more than anything else. We have to actively demonstrate to young people ourContinue reading “Empowerment and Engagement”

Rules for Parent Engagement in Schools

This is me facilitating a parent workshop in Yakima, Washington, in 2011. When parent engagement is supported, students can truly succeed throughout education. Parents must be empowered to be fully partners with educators and students if education is going to meet the needs of the modern era. These Rules for Parent Engagement in Schools offerContinue reading “Rules for Parent Engagement in Schools”

Getting Schools Closer to Malala

Yesterday, Malala Yousafzai spoke at the United Nations, detailing her experience and passion for education. As I watched and listened, I couldn’t help but wonder about this gulf that exists. Somewhere between North America, where so many students absolutely rue school, and Afghanistan where Malala is from, there is a gap of understanding, opportunity, trust, and engagementContinue reading “Getting Schools Closer to Malala”

Adultism in Democratic Education

My child has attended learning environments operating with democratic education principles for the last seven years, and as her dad I believe I’m a partner with her in her learning. As a line-level youth worker, I worked to infuse democratic education principles into my own practice for more than a decade, and as a consultant,Continue reading “Adultism in Democratic Education”

In Defense of Public Schools

A decade ago, I first made a name for myself in the American education system by arguing that public schools, which are the heart of our democratic society, are by example teaching students nothing about participating in a democracy. That was at the beginning of the age of No Child Left Behind, or NCLB, theContinue reading “In Defense of Public Schools”

Students Can POWERFULLY Change Schools!

The SoundOut Student Voice Curriculum: Teaching Students to Change Schools transforms learning, teaching, and leadership throughout schools! For the first time, its available on Amazon.com for YOU to order now! Find it right now here.

Rediscovery the Library

So much has been written about student voice in these last 5 years that it’s threatening to make the SoundOut Student Voice Library a bit obsolete. However, this is still an essential source for key early writing, research, and publications related to student voice, student engagement, and Meaningful Student Involvement. Enjoy!

An Intro to the Student Voice Movement

Around the world right now, there is a lot happening in education. There are struggles over accountability, challenges over funding, attempts to improve equity, fights against racial discrimination, and much more. However, when the question of student voice enters the picture, education advocate Michael Fullan may have said it best: “When adults think of students,Continue reading “An Intro to the Student Voice Movement”

18 Myths of Education

Here are 18 myths of education in the United States. The resolve to number 12 is the essence of our work through SoundOut all these years. What else have you seen meeting these myths? These are important points, and you can find the citations for each one at the bottom of the graphic. Leave your thoughtsContinue reading “18 Myths of Education”