Sustainability Education and MSI

In 2005 I completed a booklet called the Meaningful Student Involvement Guide to Students as Partners in School Change. After working with a dozen schools over the previous three years, studying hundreds of examples from literature and in schools across the U.S. and talking with students and educators about engaging student voice, I wanted toContinue reading “Sustainability Education and MSI”

What Do Students Really Know?

My first opportunity to work in a NYC school was yesterday. The Kingsbridge neighborhood of The Bronx is home to the Walton High School building, a massive pile of mortar that was built a long time ago. Housing as many as 5,000 students only 20 years ago, over the last several years the school hasContinue reading “What Do Students Really Know?”

Hello New York City!

BIG NEWS! As of today I’m starting a new track here in New York City. I’ve accepted a position with a great organization and moved across the United States to work for a group called Learner-Centered Initiatives. For the last 15 years they have provided professional development programs for K-12 schools across the state, withContinue reading “Hello New York City!”

Youth 2 Youth Forum

I wanted to let you all know about a powerful example that we should all follow in our local communities. Simply reading the announcement, you can see young people working with adults to make youth voice heard and active. That’s powerful. If you’re in NYC, go to this event and let me know what youContinue reading “Youth 2 Youth Forum”

New York Part 2

I spent November 7 at a one-day conference in Albany, New York, at the invite of the New York State Student Support Services Office. This is the second time I’ve come out to NY, working with the excellent crew led by Kim McLaughlin. It is really gratifying and encouraging to see a group of individualsContinue reading “New York Part 2”

New York & Meaningful Student Involvement

For the last four days I’ve been working with dozens of teachers, principals, district officials and regional education administrators to help devise systemic plans for meaningful student involvement. In a demonstration of remarkable commitment, the New York State Student Support Services Office hosted three conferences across the state – Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rochester – whereContinue reading “New York & Meaningful Student Involvement”