Different Approaches to Students Changing Schools

Activities focused on Meaningful Student Involvement and Student Voice reflect two distinctly different routes to engage students in changing schools. Meaningful Student Involvement holds student voice carefully and respects its sentiment while honoring its sensibilities and enriching its possibilities.


Student Voice is any expression of any student anytime related to education. 
  • Doesn’t require schools to change
  • Doesn’t require students to change
  • Doesn’t require adults to change
  • Doesn’t necessarily change education

    Meaningful Student Involvement is a process for engaging students as partners in every facet of school change for the purpose of strengthening their commitment to education, community, and democracy. It focuses on:
    • System-wide action for school improvement
    • Deep student/adult commitment
    • Whole school transformation
    • Deep learning for students and adults
    • Expanded opportunities for students and adults
    Want to learn more about Meaningful Student Involvement and Student Voice? Visit the SoundOut website for stories and examples, tools, research, resources, and more, and read my Frameworks for Meaningful Student Involvement for details.
    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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