More than 300 schools across the Canadian province of Alberta have participated in the Alberta Education Speak Out program.
Originally launched as a way to foster student voice, today student and adults work together across the province to improve learning and teaching throughout schools. At Speak Out Forums in individual schools, students talk about what successful learning at looks like and how educators can facilitate it. Decision-makers on school boards, with the provincial ministry of education, and others receive reports from the forums that represent student voice.
Every year, students and adults attend the Speak Out Conference, working together to establish opportunities for students to impact the education system. Speak Out also hosts the Minister of Education’s Student Advisory Council. These 24 students, ages 14-19, meet with the Minister of Education several times a year and provide a new and fresh perspective on learning, teaching and leadership in schools.