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”

Is Meaningfulness Arbitrary?

Today, I’m thinking about the design of some new materials. The graphic above was intended to illustrate some of the lows and highs in student involvement activities. Its for any activity that seeks to involve students beyond simply listening to student voice. The challenge of this visual is to present all these positions in aContinue reading “Is Meaningfulness Arbitrary?”

Selling Students Short

Many of the very organizations, programs, and agencies that are engaging student voice are oftentimes blindsiding their targets. Without concern for authenticity, ability, or desire, these student voice activities are focused on listening to “students in the raw”, meaning learners who haven’t been taught about what they’re trying to change. These same attempts often removeContinue reading “Selling Students Short”

NEW Student Voice Evaluation!

Download the 2013 Meaningful Student Involvement Deep Assessment from SoundOut. I am making it FREE on my website, so check out adamfletcher.net for the goods! Look for The Guide to Student Voice, available NOW exclusively on Amazon.com!

Student Voice Alert!

Dana Mitra of Penn State has been working to create a Student Voice, Participation and Partnership Special Interest Group at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting starting in 2014. It would be a regular, ongoing home where researchers and practitioners can share work on student voice, partnerships, and participation. She need to collect 70Continue reading “Student Voice Alert!”

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”

SoundOut Workshop Topics

For more than a decade, SoundOut has provided training workshops and professional development for K-12 schools, districts, state and provincial education agencies, and nonprofit organizations concerned with education.  The following workshops are for teachers, building and district administrators, school support staff, community youth workers, AmeriCorps members, youth-serving nonprofit staff, parents, community members, and students in gradesContinue reading “SoundOut Workshop Topics”

Beware Stagnant Student Voice

Over the last decade, I’ve seen a lot of student voice programs come and go. There have been special grants and interesting projects, meaningful attempts and passionate movements. All the while, student voice has grown in stature on the education reform radar while remaining on the back burner of the national conversation. After researching andContinue reading “Beware Stagnant Student Voice”

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Stop Calling For Student Voice

Students tapping their pencils on their desks, texting answers to tests back and forth, and throwing pencils into the ceiling tiles…  Answering questions when asked, participating intently in classroom discussions, and having focused small group conversations…  Teachers integrating students’ stories from their own lives into classroom curriculum, students teaching each other about complex concepts outContinue reading “Stop Calling For Student Voice”