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 is the motivation for involving students? 
  • What expectations do we have for students and adults in the school? 
  • What roles can students play? 
  • What resources exist to ensure success for involving students in our school?
    After you’ve considered those questions, have conversations about addressing any issues that may have arisen, and then move forward!

    Adapted from the SoundOut Student Voice Curriculum, copyright 2013 Adam Fletcher for CommonAction. Learn more.

    Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to http://commonaction.blogspot.com. Learn more at adamfletcher.net!

    Published by Adam

    For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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