Coming May 2013: “Inconvenient Youth” by Adam Fletcher

CommonAction is proud to announce Coming May 2013 “Inconvenient Youth: A Guide to Discrimination Against Young People”  by Adam Fletcher, founder of The Freechild Project. Contact us for information, including author booking and appearances, orders, and more. Email info@commonaction.org Phone (360) 489-9680

How to Make Student Voice Matter

Thinking about doing massive school reform projects, teaching a class on school improvement, or trying to get students on school boards and change other policies might feel overwhelming to any adult who works in schools. Yet, this is what a lot of student voice advocates demand of schools. In addition to focusing on whole systemsContinue reading “How to Make Student Voice Matter”

6 Ways To Share Student Voice Every Day

There are many ways that student voice can be actively engaged throughout schools. One of them is in classrooms. Much of my early work was centered on engaging students as partners in changing schools by positioning them in rich roles during their classroom learning experiences. Now, though, I’m becoming more interested in how students themselvesContinue reading “6 Ways To Share Student Voice Every Day”

Students Assessing Student Voice

Students showing me their research on their school during a statewide project I led in 2004. I think that one of the dilemmas facing the student voice movement underway in the United States and worldwide today is that there is not a clear agreement on what student voice means. This has been the case sinceContinue reading “Students Assessing Student Voice”

Student Voice Emerges In…

Student voice, which I define as any expression of any student about any aspect of education and learning, has many different expressions. As the movement to promote student voice advances toward the mainstream education conversation in the United States and worldwide, there are many different streams emerging in practice. Almost a decade ago, I sawContinue reading “Student Voice Emerges In…”

Make Obvious the Roles in Schools

Roles throughout the education system should be apparent and transparent through and through, so that everyone knows who and what everyone else is doing. I wrote an article for the SoundOut website a while back that tried to highlight all the roles that I could make obvious. My concern then was that students didn’t have enoughContinue reading “Make Obvious the Roles in Schools”

Student Voice Is NOT Democracy

Student voice is not democracy.  Out of my decade-plus experience working in schools to promote student voice, a few lessons and experiences stand out. This article highlights one of those experiences, and is focused on one of those lessons. During the 2006/07 and 2007/08 school years, I worked with almost 150 schools in seven BOCES acrossContinue reading “Student Voice Is NOT Democracy”

Part 3: Student Voice Dos and Donts

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 sustainingContinue reading “Part 3: Student Voice Dos and Donts”

Part 1: Student Voice Dos and Don’ts

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 adults and students, actually facilitating activities,Continue reading “Part 1: Student Voice Dos and Don’ts”

Paulo Freire Photobiography

The Paulo Freire Institute in São Paulo has released Paulo Freire – Educar Para Transformar-fotobiografia. It is a beautiful new publication available to read and view for free. Written in Portuguese, we encourage all of our readers to take a flip through it.  Here at CommonAction, including The Freechild Project and SoundOut, our efforts are guided heavily by the insight,Continue reading “Paulo Freire Photobiography”