Since 2002, the SoundOut Student Voice Summits have served as launching pads for meaningful student involvement in districts across the United States.
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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.
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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.
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The closing of the SoundOut Student Voice Summit features students presenting their own school improvement plans.
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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
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“The SoundOut fan club keeps growing! Thanks so much for talking with us about student voice. There are so many specific cries for help in implementing student voice, and I want our programs to reach out to you for more extensive training at their sites. Schools need YOU!”
—Rudi Bertschi, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Are you a K-12 school, education agency, or nonprofit seeking to build stronger, broader, and deeper alliances to promote student voice, student engagement, Meaningful Student Involvement and student/adult partnerships?
Are you a education reform organization seeking to strengthen the relationships, alignment, and power of students and adults to work together?
If so, SoundOut can share tools, lessons learned, and approaches that help education and organizations find a strategic and valued role in building powerful and transformative movements for students to improve schools.
Since 2002, we have partnered with more than 300 K-12 schools, dozens of districts, and more than 20 education agencies across the United States and Canada to infuse Meaningful Student Involvement in school transformation. We have written dozens of publications, been published internationally, spoke and facilitated at hundreds of events, and been cited more than 1,000 times for our contributions to this movement.
SoundOut is regularly cited as an expert service organization. Following are citations from news outlets, online media, scholarly sources and other locations.
- “Beyond Planning Prom—Connecting the Resurgent Student Voice Movements Across the Country” by Andrew Brennen and Eilza Jane Schaeffer for Huffington Post on December 17, 2015.
- “Why do American students have so littler power?” by Amanda Ripley for The Atlantic on March 12, 2015.
- “Should Students Sit on School Boards?” by Jacoba Urist for The Atlantic on April 23, 2014.
- “A leadership experiment in student voice: A new kind of summer school,” by Robin Kirk for OPC Register. Winter 2014.
- “Illuminating the Blind Spots – Climbing from Student Voice to Student Involvement” by Jodene Dunleavy and Max Cooke for Education Canada. 2014.
- “Students as partners are…” in Forum News and Notes Information and Ideas from The Forum for Collaborative Leadership & Innovation. April 22, 2014.
- “Engagement leads to happiness: So what about the classroom?” by Robert Ryshke for the Center for Teaching Advancing the Teaching Profession. January 20, 2014.
- “JCPS teachers embrace tactics to make sure students ‘get it,’ aren’t left behind academically,” by Antoinette Konz for the Louisville Courier-Journal. September 25, 2013.
- “Student Voice” By Denise Rose on Foothills School Divison blog. January 2013.
- “Creating Authentic Jobs For Student Learning Teams” by Susan Lucille Davis for Smart Learning. October 31, 2012.
- “Partnering with Students Yields Engaging Rewards,” by Amanda Ryan Fear at Teaching Tolerance. July 5, 2011.
- “Getting Students Involved in Creating a Healthy School Leigh Dalton,” by Ray Churchman, and Adriane Tasco for for ASCD Healthy School Communities. 2011.
- “Centennial student rallies peers to gain voice on Peoria Unified School District issues” by Jeffrey Javier for The Arizona Republic. March 4, 2011
- “Power to the Students!” in District Administration for Scholastic. May 2010.
- “Year in Review” by Helen Beattie for Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together. Spring 2010.
- “Supporting Student Voice for Meaningful Change,” interview with Adam Fletcher. ASCD Whole Child Blogcast. May 2009.
- “Meeting Adam Fletcher and Seattle Visit” by Jean Berthiaume. October 14, 2009.
- “The Architecture of Ownership,” by Adam Fletcher in Educational Leadership. November 2008.
- “Getting Youth on Board” by Brian Wheeler for the National School Board Association. April 7, 2006.
- “Getting Students Involved in Creating a Healthy School” by L. Dalton, R. Churchman, and A. Tasco for ASCD: Health School Communities Whole Child Initiative. November 10, 2008.
- Children’s Rights 0-8: Promoting participation in education and care by Mallika Kanyal for Routledge. March 26, 2014.
- Organisation und Partizipation: Beiträge der Kommission Organisationspädagogik by Susanne Maria Weber, Michael Göhlich, Andreas Schröer, et al for Springer DE. 2013.
- Engaging Pupil Voice to Ensure that Every Child Matters: A Practical Guide by Rita Cheminais for Routledge. January 11, 2013.
- I’ve Got Something to Say: How student voices inform our teaching by David Booth for Pembroke Publishers Limited. October 9, 2013.
- Young Citizens of the World: Teaching Elementary Social Studies through Civic Engagement, Second Edition by Marilynne Boyle-Baise and Jack Zevin for Routledge. December 4, 2013.
- “I think it’s important we get a say”: KidsMatter and student voice by Australia Primary Schools Mental Health Initiative. 2013.
- Better Serving Teens through School Library–Public Library Collaborations by Cherie P. Pandora and Stacey Hayman for ABC-CLIO. August 15, 2013.
- Socially Responsible Literacy: Teaching Adolescents for Purpose and Power by Paula M. Selvester and Deborah G. Summers for Teachers College Press. 2012.
- Aim High, Achieve More: How to Transform Urban Schools Through Fearless Leadership by Yvette Jackson and Veronica McDermott for ASCD. 2012.
- Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Immersive Interfaces: Virtual Worlds, Gaming, and Simulation by Charles Wankel, Patrick Blessinger, Jurate Stanaityte and Neil Washington for Emerald Group Publishing. 2012.
- The Student Voice Handbook: Bridging the Academic/Practitioner Divide by Warren Kidd and Gerry Czerniawski for Emerald Group Publishing. 2011.
- Young People’s Voices in Physical Education and Youth Sport by Mary O’Sullivan and Ann MacPhail for Routledge. July 12, 2010.
- A School District’s Journey to Excellence: Lessons From Business and Education by Bill McNeal and Tom Oxholm for Corwin Press. July 3, 2008.
- Communities that Learn, Lead, and Last: Building and Sustaining Educational Expertise by Giselle O. Martin-Kniep for John Wiley & Sons. 2008.
- International Handbook of Student Experience in Elementary and Secondary School by Dennis Thiessen and Alison Cook-Sather for Springer. June 3, 2007.
- “Student school board reps are being heard” by W. Yost for the Sacramento Bee. January 25, 2007.
- Designs and Methods for Youth-Led Research by Melvin Delgado for SAGE. 2006.
- Students Are Stakeholders, Too!: Including Every Voice in Authentic High School Reform by Edie Holcomb for Corwin Press. 2006.
- Lift Every Voice: African American Students’ Beliefs of Their School Climate by Constinia Charbonnett for West Virginia University. 2005.
- “Youth Development, Participation, and School Reform: Creating Opportunities and Supports for Student Decision-making in a High School” by Matthew Calvert for University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2004.
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