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Adam Fletcher

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[Poll] Listening to Students
Nov 11, 2003

Hey! There is a growing movement out there to listen to students' ideas, concerns, experience and knowledge in schools, in order to make schools better places. Following are some websites that are doing just that! What do you think about them? (Unless otherwise stated, these are all in the U.S.)

Rate My Teachers
http://www.ratemyteachers.com

Sound Out!
http://www.soundout.org

Our Education
http://www.our-education.org

What Kids Can Do
http://www.whatkidscando.org

Power to the Youth
http://www.youthpower.net

Project 540: Students Turn for a Change
http://www.project540.org

In the Mix: Student Power
http://www.pbs.org/inthemix/shows/show_school_reform_yia.html


WGBH 89.7 Student Voices 2002
http://www.eyeoneducation.tv/students/

You Rule School
http://www.youruleschool.com

Student Leadership and Service Team
http://www.k12.wa.us/integratedcurr/yes

Youth Speak Out on Education
http://www.listenup.org/education

New Horizons for Learning
http://www.newhorizons.org/voices/front_voices.html

National Research Network on Pupil Consultation (UK)
http://www.consultingpupils.co.uk

Student Engagement in Learning and School Life (Canada)
http://ed-lex.law.mcgill.ca/Pub-SE.htm

R.U.Mad!?! (Australia)
http://www.rumad.org.au



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Re: Listening to Students
Nov 13, 2003

wow, thanks for all the cool links! all of this is being very useful smile


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More than listening: hearing, responding, acting upon and reflecting
Nov 16, 2003

Schools can't just stop with listening to student voice. Schools have got to respond. That's the challenge and that's the purpose. Otherwise educators are tokenizing student voice, at best. At worse student voice is manipulated and manufactured, actually hurting students instead of helping.

My own interest in this topic comes from a new website I've developed called "SoundOut!" The site features examples, research, bibliographies, online discussion boards, and more tools to promote students and adults working together to change schools. You can check it out at http://www.soundout.org

We recently published a booklet called "Meaningful Student Involvement: Guide to Inclusive School Change." It is designed to acquaint the reader with Meaningful Student Involvement, and includes information on the strategy, assessment tools, and characteristics are explained, as well as what school activities, organizational structures and participant roles look like when Meaningful Student involvement is applied. Best practices from across the U.S. illustrate the actual application of the strategy in diverse settings, and a comprehensive resource listing provides ample footing for educators and students to advocate for and implement Meaningful Student Involvement in their schools. You can view the booklet as a PDF at http://www.soundout.org/MSIGuide.pdf

So I'm pretty deeply invested in this, and I want to hear what you think. Please take a minute and sound out, and let the folks here know that you want student voice to be heard throughout education.


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Re: Listening to Students
Nov 16, 2003

Thx for all the great info Adam. I recommend the MSI guide, it's a great read and something that your teachers would do well to use.

I was just at a Youth Participation conference (geek!), run by Plan Australia, and a lot of similar stuff came up. If people are interested in hearing about it, check out Vibewire's online discussions from the conference http://www.vibewire.net/forums/index.php?s=31b5fbdca5b92a58e44377a07eb2607c&showfor um=5 (if that doesn't work, go to www.vibewire.net/forums)

Another good site worth looking at:

www.studentparliament.net/


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More student voice?
Nov 17, 2003

At some point, this conversation could just saturate itself, simply because there are so many websites that say they are "doing" student voice. Here's some more.

Magill School, a primary school in South Australia (under foci, go to "student voice&quotwinkhttp://www.magillps.sa.edu.au/

Student Voices Project
http://student-voices.org/

"How Technology Can Change Learning - The Power of Student Voice"
http://www.iste.org/profdev/symposia/student/2003/topics-and-questions.cfm

Manitoba School Improvement Project (Canada)
http://www.sunvalley.ca/msip/10_studentvoice/10_voice.html

Pilot Program to Foster Student Engagement in School Life (Canada)
http://www.tgmag.ca/resbank/index_e.htm

The US Secretary of Education's High School Initiative on Student Engagement and Options
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/hsinit/options.html


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Re: Listening to Students
Dec 5, 2003

Thanks for all the links!

I believe teachers, princials, superintendants etc. all percieve school as a place of teaching(subconsiously or consiously). The truth is (the glorious truth) that school is a place of learning. Not a place of teaching, even more not a place of studying. A place of learning. It's about the students (however selfish that sounds) not the teachers.


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Re: Listening to Students
Dec 27, 2003

Don't take your education for granted.
There are less fortunate people who don't have access to education at all.
The school should be a place of teaching. The place of learning isn't limited to just schools, in fact it is everywhere.


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