Between 2004 to 2007, SoundOut developed, launched, and directed the Seattle Student Equity Project as a partnership of SoundOut and the Seattle Public Schools Office of Equity and Race Relations. Adam Fletcher worked with five high schools in Seattle to create, develop, and support Student Equity Teams focused on Meaningful Student Involvement and race relations in high schools across the city.
The Seattle Student Equity Project focused on three themes:
- Equity and Race Relations Bringing communities together through open dialogue and honest reflection around what is meant by racism and the impact is has on our society and more specifically, students.
- Student Voice Engaging the perspectives and actions of young people in educational activities that partner students with adults to improve schools.
- Service Learning Combining powerful opportunities to help others with substantial classroom learning goals.
Every Student Equity Team was invited to participate in a program that includes four components:
- Ongoing Training for students and adults focused on each project theme in order to increase the capacity through knowledge-sharing and skill-building;
- Student-Led Evaluations of student perspectives about equity and race relations in Seattle Public Schools;
- Service Learning Projects that are designed, implemented, and evaluated by students in response to student-led evaluations, and;
- Cross-School Collaborations through monthly meetings and training that encourage students to share experiences and brainstorm responses.
Schools involved included West Seattle High, Roosevelt High, Cleveland High, Franklin High and NOVA Project.
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