Adam Fletcher’s Publications

Following are the publications, including guides, handbooks, curriculums, and more written by Adam Fletcher. They are available online from various sources.

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1. Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement Bibliography by Topic—(53 pgs, 2018) A collection of annotated literature reviews written about several areas related to youth engagement, including Adultism, Adult Allies, Youth Action, Youth on Boards and Committees, Community Youth Involvement, Government, International Involvement, Philanthropy, Planning, Research, Social Change, Society, and Rights, as well as author Adam Fletcher’s bibliography.

2. The Guide to Meaningful Student Involvement—(60 pgs, 2014) Highlighting a practical framework, important considerations, and real-world examples, this Guide is all about engaging students throughout education. Recommended for anyone interested in student voice, student empowerment, student engagement, or building community in schools.

3. Guide to Students on Canadian School Boards—(29 pgs, 2015) Policies, tips and examples of student trustees, student representatives and student members of school boards across Canada.

4. Meaningful Student Involvement Deep Assessment—(25 pgs, 2013) A series of open questions are for individuals or groups to study where and how Meaningful Student Involvement occurs in a school or educational organization. Focused on motivation and culture, it features student and adult readiness, relationships, action, rigor and relevance, sustainability, barriers, and action evaluations.

5. Student Engagement Conditions Assessment—(16 pgs, 2010) An intensive, open-ended assessment designed to guide groups through basic, critical and advanced conversations about student engagement in schools. Good for small group or class projects.

6. Meaningful Student Involvement Planning Guide—(15 pgs, 2010) Key questions providing opportunities for projects, programs and classes to develop and sustain student/adult partnerships.

7. Guide to Cooperative Games for Social Change—(20 pgs, 2005) An introductory guide for young people, youth workers, teachers, and others interested in making social change engaging and relevant to all participants. With Kari Kunst.

8. Meaningful Student Involvement Resource Guide—(35 pgs, 2003) This guide provides descriptions and annotations for dozens of publications, toolkits, organizations, and websites that support student voice throughout education.

9. Meaningful Student Involvement Research Guide—(36 pgs, 2004) This booklet can give advocates a “leg up” in their research needs by illustrating the breadth of research available about engaging student voice throughout education. This Guide highlights 14 research studies and includes a useful listing of research available.

10. Stories of Meaningful Student Involvement—(40 pgs, 2004) A collection of examples of meaningful student involvement in action in schools. These anecdotes illustrate various approaches to engaging student voice in school by exploring the applications of engaging students throughout education in dozens of diverse schools.

11. Meaningful Student Involvement: Guide to Students as Partners in Social Change—(28 pgs, 2005) Highlighting a practical framework, important considerations, and real-world examples, this Guide is all about engaging students throughout education. Recommended for anyone interested in student voice, student empowerment, student engagement, or building community in schools.

12. Student Voice and Bullying—(10 pgs, 2012) This paper the connections between student voice and bullying, including the roots, the implications, and the outcomes.

13. Meaningful Student Involvement Deep Assessment—(25 pgs 2013) A series of open questions are for individuals or groups to study where and how Meaningful Student Involvement occurs in a school or educational organization. Focused on motivation and culture, it features student and adult readiness, relationships, action, rigor and relevance, sustainability, barriers, and action evaluations.

14. The Freechild Project Youth Action Guide—(52 pgs 2013) A publication created to promote taking practical actions to change the world. Includes quick, easy reading that can help young people or adults think about how to find what needs to change, create programs to make that change happen, and promote Youth Action throughout their communities.

15. A Short Introduction to Youth Engagement—(22 pgs 2013) A short introduction to the broad concept of youth engagement that moves beyond seeing young peoples’ connectedness as something adults cause, and towards acknowledging it as something young people naturally do. Answers the essential questions of what, how, when, and where youth engagement happens.

16. A Short Introduction to Youth Engagement in the Economy—(81 pgs 2015) This guide is a collection of essays addressing youth employment, youth entrepreneurship, youth training, youth banking, youth programs, school classes and other activities designed to promote youth engagement in the economy.

17. A Short Introduction to Youth Rights—(31 pgs 2014) An easy-to-read booklet highlighting the basics of youth rights for adults and young people. Includes a glossary, resources, and more.

18. Guide to Students on School Boards—(27 pgs 2014) A short how-to focused on roles for students on boards of education at the local and state levels. Includes tips, legal info, resources, and more.

19. A Short Guide to Holistic Youth Development—(28 pgs 2014) This is the first easy-to-read publication ever written about this vital topic. Youth, youth workers, and others will benefit from reading this powerful, positive approach to working with young people.

20. The Freechild Project Youth Voice Toolkit—(2020) Comprised of a series of one- and two-page entries, each tool here identifies practices, practical considerations and critical concepts that are focused on engaging Youth Voice, particularly among historically disengaged young people.

21. The Freechild Project Youth Engagement Workshop Guide—Twenty-four hands-on, interactive workshop outlines that youth and adults can use to teach youth or adults about how to successfully engage young people. Workshops focus on skill-development affecting leadership, voice, and engagement, including workshops on communication, planning, and other topics.

22. Washington Youth Voice Handbook (Abbreviated version)—(2007; 102 pgs) An introductory guide that lays out what, why, who, when, where, and how youth voice happens in diverse communities across Washington State. The handbook includes a Youth Voice Assessment, the Washington Youth Voice Directory, and a resource section.

23. The Freechild Project Youth Mainstreaming Guide—(2020) Based on a wealth of experience and research, this guide provides a short, succinct summary of the deepest route youth involvement can take in organizations.

24. The Freechild Project Guide to Social Change Led By and With Young People—(17 pgs 2006) Centering on the “Cycle of Youth Engagement,” this publication is a summary of the social change issues and actions addressed by and with young people around the world. With Joseph Vavrus.

25. Meaningful Student Involvement Idea Guide—(10 pgs 2002, 2015) A short summary of practical, powerful, and positive ways to engage students as partners throughout the education system. Drawing examples from research and experience, it shares ideas for educators who want to try to meaningfully involve students.

25. Firestarter Youth Power Curriculum—(40 pgs, 2002) A hands-on guide to youth engagement in social change. Includes sections on motivation, skill-building, issue awareness, action planning, and resources.

25. Firestarter Youth Power Facilitator Guide—(12 pgs, 2001) A guide for youth and adult facilitators to the activities used in the Firestarter Program.

26. A Unique Introduction to Youth Engagement—(23 pgs 2013) Instead of insisting on adults’ interpretations of youth engagement, this unique intro focuses on youth actions that demonstrate their engagement. Includes how and where it happens, and tips for taking action.

27. Adam Fletcher’s Youth Engagement Curriculum—(128 pgs, 2014) This is an introductory, customized learning opportunity for youth to learn the knowledge and skills needed to advocate for youth voice in various settings throughout community, including nonprofits, government, the economy and home.  

28. Parent Youth Engagement Seminars—(225 pgs, 2018) With multiple workshops to select from, youth and parent partners participate in this interactive, cooperation-based seminar in order to foster youth engagement at home. Participants take away new ideas, tools and activities designed to support youth-parent partnerships, and design family action plans to make a difference in their day-to-day living.

29. SoundOut Student Voice Curriculum—(348 pgs, 2013) This school-based curriculum is for middle and high school students who want to change schools. Focused on research, planning, teaching, evaluation, decision-making and advocacy, students explore the potential and possibilities of student voice in school improvement. This is a project-based curriculum with a capstone project focused on student-driven school change.

30. Freechild Youth Action Curriculum—(97 pgs, 2014) Focused on youth changing the world, this program uses a 24-lesson plan curriculum for youth to learn what, how, when and where they can make a difference. Using project-based learning, youth ages 13-19 can build their skills, learn new knowledge and take action through fun, hands-on and powerful learning. This research-driven curriculum is based on 20+ years of experience with many organizations. 

31. SoundOut Skill Building Lesson Plans—(100 pgs , 2019) This curriculum includes more than 20 lesson plans to help groups explore fundamental student leadership skills and knowledge. All exercises are hands-on, interactive, and focused on taking action. The lesson plans are designed for learners of all ages, including student-only and student/adult groups. 

32. Student Voice Revolution: The Meaningful Student Involvement Handbook—(374 pgs, 2017) Student Voice ​Revolution: The Meaningful Student Involvement Handbook​ is Adam Fletcher’s master​ful​ guide ​focused on student voice, student engagement, student/adult partnerships, and more. The research, examples and experience shared in this work can help educators everywhere engage all students in every school as partners in every facet of education for the purpose of strengthening their commitment to learning, community, and democracy. 

33. The Practice of Youth Engagement—(294 pgs, 2014) Essential lessons, powerful examples and deep insight for newcomers and longtime practitioners. Throughout this field-wide exploration, Fletcher examines the people, places, activities and outcomes that constitute youth engagement. Throughout, he provides slicing analysis and useful tips as well as featuring stories, people and organizations. 

34. Facing Adultism—(190 pgs, 2015) Summarizing a list of downfalls in modern society’s approach to teaching, parenting, and treating children and youth, this book offers new ways adults can stop their negative attitudes and behaviors towards young people. Fletcher analyzes society’s treatment of children and youth, identifies a number of challenges and suggests exciting new roles for youth throughout society. 

35. The Guide to Student Voice—(66 pgs, 2014) This is Adam’s accessible introduction to the concept of student voice. Featuring Fletcher’s unique reflection on his combination of research and experience in hundreds of K-12 schools, this book is unlike any other available. With a professional, easy-to-read layout, this short book is packed with useful tips, powerful activities, and great guidance for anyone interested in student voice today! 

36. The Freechild Project Youth-Driven Programming Guide—(38 pgs, 2013) This is an introduction to youth-driven programming for nonprofits, government agencies, and other youth-serving organizations. The booklet gives a definition and compares approaches, and then provides planning tools, evaluations and assessments, and more. It includes the Ladder of Youth Voice, rubrics for assessing youth-driven programming, and links to examples and resources that readers can explore on their own. 

37. School Boards of the Future: A Guide to Students as Education Policy-Makers—(54 pgs, 2014) This is a practical manual highlighting examples, tips, promotional information and resources, as well as steps to implement student involvement. It also provides state-by-state profiles of students on school boards across the United States. This book offers a meaningful introduction to engaging students as partners in education policy-making, both at the district and state levels. 

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