Since 2002, the SoundOut Student Voice Summits have served as launching pads for meaningful student involvement in districts across the United States.
In a special in-school program, the SoundOut Student Voice Summit engages groups of traditional and non-traditional student leaders and focuses their energy, knowledge and ideas on how students can improve schools.
Using a series of hands-on, interactive activities, students share their concerns about school and ideas for what can change. Through skill-building and knowledge-sharing exercises, students also increase their sense of efficacy and their desire to be active agents of positive education transformation.
The closing of the SoundOut Student Voice Summit features students presenting their own school improvement plans.
Afterward, plans will be implemented, each school will create a report, and San Rafael City Schools will celebrate the outcomes locally, and the results will be shared internationally by Adam Fletcher.
- Between 30-100 traditional and non-traditional student leaders elementary, middle or senior high schools
- A smaller group of highly supportive, engaged, and sustainably involved adult allies, including teachers, building leaders, parents, and/or district officials.
- Each school identifies student/adult partner teams
- Each participant receives a copy of The Guide to Student Voice
- Each team reviews the content of the Guide to Student Voice
- Each school sends a student/adult team with their copies of The Guide to Student Voice to the SoundOut Summit
- Each school team creates a SoundOut Plan
- Each school team completes the implementation of their SoundOut Plans
- Each school collects outcomes and generates a SoundOut report; each school presents their outcomes to their local school board and shares with SoundOut
- Local schools and districts celebrate the outcomes through district communications and they’re announced on soundout.org
- Students identify areas of improvement within their schools
- Students increase their skills and knowledge related to school improvement
- Students generate plans that can be implemented to improve their own schools
- Schools experience the positive, powerful potential of student voice