Rediscovery the Library

So much has been written about student voice in these last 5 years that it’s threatening to make the SoundOut Student Voice Library a bit obsolete. However, this is still an essential source for key early writing, research, and publications related to student voice, student engagement, and Meaningful Student Involvement. Enjoy!

When Student Voice Projects Fail

You’re reading this because you’re curious about what’s next. Its the end of a school year, and you think your student voice project has failed. Let me reassure you, you’re not alone. I have led and consulted on hundreds of student voice projects over more than a decade doing this work, and I have failedContinue reading “When Student Voice Projects Fail”

Checking Student Voice Assumptions

Before you get started with your student voice project, you want to check your assumptions. You might begin by saying to your group, “Before getting started in actually engaging student voice, there are some important questions we have to ask ourselves and our school: What is the vision for students in our school?  What isContinue reading “Checking Student Voice Assumptions”

How to Solve the Biggest Problem in Schools

As a pathway towards enfranchisement of students as full humans, student voice in schools is one avenue. Others include youth engagement throughout society, including civic, economic, cultural, recreational, and familial activities. Further still, the creation of advanced structures of support for young people, including training, funding, and personal support programs, will help take society there.Continue reading “How to Solve the Biggest Problem in Schools”

Solving the Biggest Problem in Schools

Meeting the challenge of having one group of humans routinely treat another group as less-than-human simply because of their age is a vexing one. However, before we can meet that challenge we should envision what the answer is to the question we’re trying to solve. Here is my vision of students as fully human: Seen andContinue reading “Solving the Biggest Problem in Schools”

The Biggest Problem in Schools Today

The biggest problem in schools today is actually one that’s vexed adults in education for almost all times. The problem is the reality that children and youth—students, the actual reason why schools exist—don’t do exactly what adults want them to, when they want them to, where they want them to, how they want them to. Continue reading “The Biggest Problem in Schools Today”

Core Beliefs Behind SoundOut

Founded more than a decade ago, the core beliefs behind my work with SoundOut are not unique. Rather, they were identified through workshops with 100s of students and teachers, and by conducting research into the history of education. They may be best summarized by researcher Alison Cook-Sather of Byrn-Mawr College in Pennsylvania, who wrote that,Continue reading “Core Beliefs Behind SoundOut”

An Intro to the Student Voice Movement

Around the world right now, there is a lot happening in education. There are struggles over accountability, challenges over funding, attempts to improve equity, fights against racial discrimination, and much more. However, when the question of student voice enters the picture, education advocate Michael Fullan may have said it best: “When adults think of students,Continue reading “An Intro to the Student Voice Movement”

Cascading Leadership For Students

Here’s my latest article! I explore the intersection between student engagement, student leadership, and student voice. You can download the entire article at Cascading Leadership Among Students from CommonAction Consulting. And please, let me know what you think by commenting below!