“It’s really about seeing student involvement as a variety of opportunities that are appropriate for each given student and responsive to their individual needs and their desires for their educational experience.”
– Adam Fletcher in ASCD’s Whole Child Podcast: Supporting Student Voice for Meaningful Change
“It is not enough to simply listen to student voice. Educators have an ethical imperative to do something with students, and that is why meaningful student involvement is vital to school improvement.”
― Adam Fletcher, Meaningful Student Involvement Guide to Students as Partners
In the Meaningful Student Involvement Guide to Students as Partners in School Change, Adam Fletcher explored the possibility and purpose of student/adult partnerships throughout the entire education system. Calling educators and school leaders onto the carpet for their trendy interest in student voice, he implored adults throughout schools to infuse students in vital, sophisticated ways.
“These students (the Task Force on Student Involvement) are attempting to shoulder some of the responsibilities of gaining positive student involvement in our educational process. In a day of negative disruptions and misunderstanding, these and students like them throughout the State can be our most valuable allies in meeting tomorrow’s pressing problems.”
– A. Craig Phillips, North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1969.
“Students are the ones experiencing education. We should have the opportunity to voice our opinions in places that can be heard.”
– Nick Milum, Vancouver School Board Student Trustee
Because of who they are, what they know, and how they are positioned, students must be recognized as having knowledge essential to the development of sound educational policies and practices.
– Alison Cook-Sather (2002)