Workshop Offerings

SoundOut facilitates dynamic learning for educators, administrators and others.

Through SoundOut, Adam F.C. Fletcher offers five distinct workshops designed to support classroom practice, school climate, school improvement and more. SoundOut workshops are designed to provide educators with tools for engaging nontraditional K-12 students in learning and leadership, as well as create new ways to engage the disengaged. Tools and techniques allow participants to learn meaningful ways to cultivate and strengthen student voice, student leadership, classroom climate, and building culture.

Workshop 1.

Adam Fletcher in Seattle in 2012

INTRO TO MEANINGFUL STUDENT INVOLVEMENT: This workshop is a brief exposure to the purpose, practice, and outcomes of our dynamic approach to school improvement. This workshop engages participants in placing meaningfulness at the middle of school, allowing them to see beyond the academic achievement paradigm in order to become more successful. Participants explore frameworks, discuss research and identify examples to increase their capacity for action. They also learn how to design opportunities specifically for their roles, and how to engage in student/adult partnerships that can transform education.

Workshop 2.

This is Adam Fletcher speaking at the Western Washington Youth Alliance Collective Impact Conference in 2014.

ENGAGING EVERY STUDENT: Focused on making every school engaging for every student, this workshop explores classrooms, hallways, principals’ offices and beyond. Participants examine different practical, purposeful ways to infuse student voice throughout K-12 schools, districts and beyond. Focused on learning and culture, this workshop can inspire and engage everyone. This workshop invites participants to explore methods to discuss this topic beyond failure and towards practical action.

Workshop 3.

SoundOut workshop participants in São Paulo, Brasil.

POWER WITH PURPOSE: This workshop examines ways to increase every students’ personal and collective power to improve education in school and beyond. Participants use tools, discover patterns and identify real ways to increase student power, purpose and potential. Examining meaningful examples from around the world, the emphasis is on practical action to improve schools. This highly interactive workshop focuses on skill-building and group discussion, and provides participants with opportunities to explore power in schools. By focusing on positive environments and partnerships with students, participants learn to overcome resistance and negativity, too.

Workshop 4.

SoundOut SpeakOut Conference 2005 in Bothell, Washington

ENGAGING THE DISENGAGED: In this interactive workshop, participants are introduced to a set of tools to help them engage in reflective practice that can create inclusive excellence for historically disengaged learners. Participants experience hands-on exercises, dialogue, and work with The Cycle of Engagement. They are introduced to roadblocks to engagement and are given opportunities in a safe setting to temporarily put aside their own perspectives in order to experience others’ perspectives on student engagement. These new tools allow them to take student engagement to new levels.

Workshop 5.

Adam Fletcher speaking by Michael Kleven 8

SUSTAINING EDUCATION TRANSFORMATION: Focused on moving schools from passive responses to practical actions, this presentation shares real ways to keep student/adult partnerships at the core of K-12 schools. Participants learn about processes, activities and other hands-on ways to sustain Meaningful Student Involvement every day.

Workshop 6.

SoundOut students deliberate on important issues in a Seattle high school.

DISCRIMINATION IN STUDENT VOICE: Discussing the topics of race, gender, social class, and more are vital in schools; understanding how discrimination affects student voice is essential too. Often misinterpreted, discrimination in student voice affects every students’ agency and potential in their daily experience of schools. In this workshop, we we consider practical action steps to help us move forward together toward more equity and less oppression in student voice. Adultism, implicit bias, stereotypes, microaggressions, privilege, and oppression frame the workshop with self-awareness and awareness of others’ diversity are integral to our learning.

Workshop 7.

The SoundOut Student Voice Curriculum by Adam Fletcher for CommonAction.

SOUNDOUT STUDENT VOICE CURRICULUM TRAIN-THE-TRAINER: An interactive workshop, this material focuses on students transforming education. It is designed for students in grades 8-12 and can be used in a variety of settings, including Leadership classes, Service-learning requirements, School improvement teams, Student governments, Advisory periods, Social science courses, and Self-directed learning programs. Written by Adam Fletcher, the curriculum is research-driven, student-tested, and school improvement-focused. Educational packages, including professional development for adults and training for students, are available.

To discuss topics, prices, availability and other details, contact Adam.

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