|The Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement.|
Moving from rhetoric to reality, taking action is a substantive way to demonstrate the Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement.
Moving Forward Meaningfully
Strengthened by the validation from educators they trust and empowered by the authorization of learning and positioning, students can move forward to take action and make change happen. As change agents, students can affect many different outcomes.
- People. Students can affect their friends, their families, their larger communities, and people around the world.
- Processes. They can transform the processes they are part of, including Systems of Care, education, social services, and juvenile justice.
- Places. Students can have positive impact on the places they occupy, such as their homes, schools, places of worship, and government agencies.
This action can happen through methods such as service learning, which connects meaningful school improvement activities to meaningful learning, and place-based education, where students apply powerful lessons about the places they live to real-world scenarios going around them at present.
Forms of Meaningful Involvement
Action can take many different forms, including engaging students in leadership and governance in formal school improvement activities, as well as learning, teaching, and leadership activities throughout schools and the entirety of the educational system.
When asked what makes them feel engaged, students often report that they want action. Educators often say that Meaningful Student Involvement happens when they listen to students. Working around the Cycle can lead everyone involved to success, demonstrating the effectiveness of following this pathway.
Steps of the Cycle
Read on to learn more, or visit SoundOut for a brief summary of the entire Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement.