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”

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”

32 Resources on Meaningful Student Involvement

SoundOut provides these resources for you to use in your own school. Tips for downloading: PDF files can be viewed on a wide variety of platforms — both as a browser plug-in or a stand-alone application — with Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader program. Click here to download the latest version of Adobe Reader. Readings PDFContinue reading “32 Resources on Meaningful Student Involvement”

Public Schools Aren’t Democratic

Being the autocratic, adultcentric environments that they are, public schools today are not democratic. They are existent within a society operating on democratic methods, and they (mostly) publicly allow every young person to enroll in them. However, on the whole, public schools are not led in a democratic fashion, are devoid of democratic teaching methods, andContinue reading “Public Schools Aren’t Democratic”

The Purpose of Learning

Revolution is not ‘showing’ life to people, but making them live. A revolutionary organization must always remember that its objective is not getting its adherents to listen to convincing talks by expert leaders, but getting them to speak for themselves, in order to achieve, or at least strive toward, an equal degree of participation. –Continue reading “The Purpose of Learning”

The Meaninglessness of Tabula Rasa

Within the boundaries of the education system people share a thousand purposes for its existence. Some insist on the purpose of schools being to create better citizens, while others think its more productive workers. Others want to promote values and culture, while some want to build a secure future. Some people mix it all together,Continue reading “The Meaninglessness of Tabula Rasa”

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”

Ontario Students’ Visions for School

Another spectacular example of Meaningful Student Involvement comes from Ontario’s spectacular SpeakOUT program. Part of the program, the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Student Advisory Council, shared this graphic today to show their ideas about the future of education. Taken from the graphic above! See the image to understand how these phrases relate to each other!Continue reading “Ontario Students’ Visions for School”

Different Approaches to Students Changing Schools

Activities focused on Meaningful Student Involvement and Student Voice reflect two distinctly different routes to engage students in changing schools. Meaningful Student Involvement holds student voice carefully and respects its sentiment while honoring its sensibilities and enriching its possibilities. Student Voice is any expression of any student anytime related to education.  Doesn’t require schools to change Doesn’t requireContinue reading “Different Approaches to Students Changing Schools”

Demonstrating Cascading Leadership Among Students

The model I created about “Cascading Leadership” is my “process-ization” of a naturally occurring phenomenon! So there’s a lot to draw from in order to illustrate it. Working with a group of students last year in Seattle, I saw this “cascading leadership” flow quickly. Focused on stopping youth violence among youth in their high school, thisContinue reading “Demonstrating Cascading Leadership Among Students”