Cycle: Reflection on Meaningful Involvement

The Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement. Engaging students in roles normally reserved for educators, new opportunities for learning, analysis, and critical thinking emerge. Talking with students about the action they take is an important way to support their ability to make sense of what happens to them. Putting language to experiences is a process weContinue reading “Cycle: Reflection on Meaningful Involvement”

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”

Cycle: Taking Action

The Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement. Moving from rhetoric to reality, taking action is a substantive way to demonstrate the Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement. When Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” he was not speaking in a passive sense. Instead, he was calling anyone who is committed toContinue reading “Cycle: Taking Action”

Cycle: Authorizing Students

The Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement Looking at the core of this word, the Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement insists that educators provide students with the opportunity to author their own stories. This means being able to speak the truth, create our own myths, and learn the lessons life shares. Educators often take for grantedContinue reading “Cycle: Authorizing Students”

Cycle: Validating Students

It is as if students occupy a dichotomy in society where their voices are either completely worshipped or totally dismissed, and worse still, sometimes fully repressed. Mainstream media frequently place student voice on a pedestal, highlighting the “outrageous” things kids say or making the opinions and ideas of students into the flavor of the dayContinue reading “Cycle: Validating Students”

Cycle: Listen to Students

The Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement. Listening to students is something that anyone who has regular contact with students thinks they do every day. Asking students when the last time was they actually felt heard can reveal some different opinions though. Listening is the first step in the Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement. Separately StudentsContinue reading “Cycle: Listen to Students”

Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement

The Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement. Introduction to the Cycle Listen, validate, authorize, act, and reflect. These are not radical concepts unfamiliar to seasoned educators. However, while it is true that educators intuitively go through these steps with students every single day, it can be challenging to keep them in focus while going through theContinue reading “Cycle of 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”

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”