Learner leaders: In the United Kingdom, these students are elected by their peers to regularly represent their interests at governor’s meetings, which are roughly equivalent to district school boards. Learner leaders have been found to:

  • Determine and focus each decision-making experience more definitively;
  • Rely more on new technologies to enhance the decision-making process, and;
  • Enhance the capacity of adults to access the full range of student voice needed to keep school boards responsive and reflective of local communities.

Large questions about the roles of these students exist, how much schools actually train learner-leaders to meaningfully participate in school decision-making; and whether selected decision-making activities empower learner-leaders versus disempowering them from participating.

 

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Student Voice Revolution: The Meaningful Student Involvement Handbook written by Adam Fletcher published by CommonAction Publishing in 2017.

Published by Adam Fletcher

Adam is the founding director of SoundOut. An author, speaker and consultant, he has worked with K-12 schools, districts, nonprofits and others for more than 15 years. Learn more about him at http://soundout.org/Adam

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