Feature on Adam F.C. Fletcher

This is a biography of Adam F.C. Fletcher, SoundOut’s founding director.


ADAM F.C. FLETCHER is the CEO of Youth and Educators Succeeding, an international nonprofit working to engage students and educators together to transform education. The founder of SoundOut.org, he is also the author of The Guide to Student Voice, Student Voice Revolution, and more than a dozen other books and countless publications related to education. Working around K-12 schools for more than 20 years, Adam has been an educator, researcher, and advocate whose pioneering projects on the topics of student voice, student engagement and Meaningful Student Involvement have affected thousands of schools in dozens of states and several nations worldwide. He has keynoted more than 300 conferences, been published in several academic journals and periodicals, and in 2010 he was named a “Healthy School Hero” by former United States Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher.

In 2002, Adam founded SoundOut. Since then, he has worked with more than 300 K-12 schools, districts, agencies, and education-focused nonprofits on student voice, student/adult partnerships and Meaningful Student Involvement. Working with countless students and teachers, he has planned, trained, facilitated and evaluated a variety of dynamic programs focused on engaging students as partners in schools. He has also presented workshops and keynoted at more than 100 education conferences at district, state, national and international conferences in the United States, Canada, Brazil and Scotland. He regularly consults with students, educators, academics and advocates around the world. 

Adam has written many more than 25 publications for SoundOut, including the Meaningful Student Involvement Guide to Students as Partners and the SoundOut Student Voice Curriculum.  He has contributed to a variety of publications, including Education Week, the ASCD Whole Child Blog, and Austratlia’s Connect for Student Participation magazine. He has also been featured in Scholastic’s District Administration magazine, the Atlanticand several others. His professional service includes serving on the editorial board of the Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, and several boards for nonprofits across the United States.

Today, Adam lives in the Pacific Northwest with his daughter, a cat and a dog. He conducted graduate studies at the University of Washington in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and has a bachelors degree from The Evergreen State College focused on Critical Pedagogy and Youth Studies.

For more information about Adam Fletcher, see his website at adamfletcher.net.

Adam Fletcher Bibliography

  • Fletcher, A. (2017) Student Voice Revolution: The Meaningful Student Involvement Handbook. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2014) The Guide to Student Voice, 2nd Edition. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2014) School Boards of the Future: A Guide to Students as Education Policy-Makers. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2014) Guide to Students on School Boards. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2013) “Cascading Leadership Among Students“, Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (June)
  • Fletcher, A. (2013) “Full Personhood for All,” Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (April)
  • Fletcher, A. (2013) “51 Ways to Tokenise Student Voice,” Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (February)
  • Fletcher, A. (2013) Meaningful Student Involvement Deep Assessment. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2012) “Convenient or inconvenient Student Voice?” Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (October 2012)
  • Fletcher, A. (2012) “Student Voice and Engagement as Trojan Horses,” Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (April)
  • Fletcher, A. (2012) SoundOut Student Voice Curriculum: Teaching Students to Change Schools. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2011) Student Voice and Bullying: A SoundOut Focus Paper. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2011) “Keeping An Eye Out: How Adults Perceive Students,” Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (August)
  • Fletcher, A. (2011) “Typical Engagement? Students on School Boards in the U.S.” Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (February)
  • Fletcher, A. (2010) “Rules of student engagement,” Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (October)
  • Fletcher, A. (2010) “Meaningful Student Involvement in the USA and Canada,” Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (August)
  • Fletcher, A. (2008) “The Architecture of Ownership,” Educational Leadership. 66, 3. (November)
  • Fletcher, A. (2007) “10 Ways to Kill Student Voice,” Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (August)
  • Fletcher, A. (2006) “When Youth Voice Grows Up,” ServiceLine Journal. (Fall)
  • Fletcher, A. (2006) “SoundOut: Serving the School as Community,” ServiceLine Journal. (Spring)
  • Fletcher, A. (2006) “50 Ways Adults Can Support Student Voice,” for Teaching Tolerance.
  • Fletcher, A. (2005) “Learning from failure,” ServiceLine Journal. (Fall)
  • Fletcher, A. (2005) “Students reflect on learning through service to the environment,” ServiceLine Journal.(Spring)
  • Fletcher, A. (2004) Meaningful Student Involvement Research Guide. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2005) Stories of Meaningful Student Involvement. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2005) Meaningful Student Involvement: Guide to Students as Partners in School Change. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2004) “Meaningful Student Involvement: Reciprocity in Schools through Service-Learning,” in The Bridge: The Journal of the University Promise Alliance at the University of Minnesota [pdf]. p 37-58.
  • Fletcher, A. (2003) Meaningful Student Involvement Idea Guide for Schools. Olympia, WA: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Schools.
  • Fletcher, A. (2003) “Broadening the Bounds of Involvement: Transforming Schools With Student Voice,” New Horizons for Learning Journal.
  • Fletcher, A. (2003) Meaningful Student Involvement Resource Guide. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2002) “Meaningful involvement benefits all students,” ServiceLine Journal. (Summer)
  • Fletcher, A. (2002) “Students as planners,” ServiceLine Journal. (Summer)
  • Fletcher, A. (2002) “Students as researchers,” ServiceLine Journal. (Summer)
  • Fletcher, A. (2001) “When youth have a voice, school climate changes,”  ServiceLine Journal. (Summer)
  • Fletcher, A. (2001) “Students as partners in their education,” ServiceLine Journal. (Summer)
  • Fletcher, A. (2001) “Meaningful Student Involvement,” ServiceLine Journal. (Summer)
  • Fletcher, A. (2001) “Students have big say at new school,” ServiceLine Journal. (Summer)
  • Fletcher, A. (2001) “Student voice: OSPI team ‘makes it real’,” ServiceLine Journal. (Summer)

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