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”

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”

In Modern Schools…

Today, I finished a series of thumbnails for the SoundOut facebook page. They emphasize the research-driven results I’ve discovered over a decade of researching the premise of Meaningful Student Involvement. Here’s the monograph I wrote called Meaningful Student Involvement Research, which focuses on some of those findings, and following are the thumbnails. What do you think?Continue reading “In Modern Schools…”

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”

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?”

Getting Schools Closer to Malala

Yesterday, Malala Yousafzai spoke at the United Nations, detailing her experience and passion for education. As I watched and listened, I couldn’t help but wonder about this gulf that exists. Somewhere between North America, where so many students absolutely rue school, and Afghanistan where Malala is from, there is a gap of understanding, opportunity, trust, and engagementContinue reading “Getting Schools Closer to Malala”

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”

8 Keys to Student Voice in Learning

Student Voice, which is any expression of any student about anything related to education and learning, can be infused into all classrooms to help students learn better. It can be easy to misbelieve that Student Voice is just about letting students have a say in what, how, why, when, or where they’re taught. That isContinue reading “8 Keys to Student Voice in Learning”

Students Can POWERFULLY Change Schools!

The SoundOut Student Voice Curriculum: Teaching Students to Change Schools transforms learning, teaching, and leadership throughout schools! For the first time, its available on Amazon.com for YOU to order now! Find it right now here.

21st Century Community Learning Centers

This week I’m facilitating two sessions at Washington State’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers conference. Its an annual event held in different locations across the state, with it being in Ellensburg this year. I have presented at several states’ conferences in the past, and I’m excited to be here again this year, too. My twoContinue reading “21st Century Community Learning Centers”