Students on School Boards in Michigan

The following are facts about students on school boards in Michigan. District School Boards There are 891 public school boards in Michigan. They serve approximately 1.5 million students in 3,550 K-12 schools. Students in Michigan can join district school boards but cannot vote. Their terms vary. High school principals generally train student representatives through their building’s … Continue reading Students on School Boards in Michigan

Welcome to the Movement for Meaningful Student Involvement

This article was originally published in the Winter 2019 edition of LeaderBoard from the Michigan Association of Student Councils. Imagine all the excitement of a school board fostering effective school improvement using existing resources while catalyzing a generation of public school supporters while you’re at it. Sound too good to be true? Its not! Your … Continue reading Welcome to the Movement for Meaningful Student Involvement

The Neutral Zone

In 1998, teens in Ann Arbor, Michigan worked together with adult allies to form a nonprofit youth center called The Neutral Zone. Driven and centered by young people and their interests, the organization has made powerful inroads for youth throughout their area. In 2012, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) approached the organization about infusing student voice … Continue reading The Neutral Zone

Historical Student Involvement Bibliography

  The following is an annotated list of historical publications related to Meaningful Student Involvement, student voice and student engagement. A-C Abrell, R.L. and Hanna, C.C. (March 1971) “High School Unrest Reconsidered,” High School Journal, 54(6), pp. 396-404. An “analysis and.prescription” article included mainly as an example. Among the causes of student unrest considered are … Continue reading Historical Student Involvement Bibliography

Understanding State Education Agencies

The following is a list of every state education agency in the United States. It was compiled for the SoundOut School Toolbox. In order to understand education, you have to know what the structure is that affects you. State education agencies are generally responsible for implementing a course of action to ensure public schools exist for every … Continue reading Understanding State Education Agencies