Feature on Adam F.C. Fletcher

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


Adam Fletcher is the founding director of SoundOut and most recently, the author of The Guide to Student Voice. A recognized international authority, Adam teaches educators, students and others about student voice, student engagement and Meaningful Student Involvement. He is also the author of more than 25 publications for schools.As a community-based educator for several years, Adam worked in nonprofits and schools in several states for more than a decade. After earning a highly selective fellowship with a national foundation focused on youth, Adam was hired as the Washington State education agency’s first-ever student engagement specialist, where he conducted action research on student engagement in a three year project focused on student leadership and service.

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 is the owner and lead consultant of CommonAction Education Consulting, and lives in the Pacific Northwest with his daughter Hannah and their cat named Mailbox. He has a bachelors degree from The Evergreen State College focused on Critical Pedagogy and Youth Studies, and conducted graduate studies at the University of Washington in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

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

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