Silencing Student Voice

   To assist you in identifying and challenging adultism in schools, I’m adapting this list of common phrases educators have been conditioned to and may use to try to silence oppressed students, especially when students challenge them.   The quotations below are often used by educators against students; however, you can to hear similar strategic […]

How to Facilitate Student Voice

  It can be hard to facilitate student voice. At SoundOut, we define student voice as any expression of any student, anywhere, at any time about anything related to learning, schools and education. Trying to facilitate definition on purpose can challenge the most experienced teacher, wizened community facilitator, or determined student leader. ALL student voice can be supremely useful. […]

Assessing Student Engagement

SoundOut defines student engagement as any sustained connection a student has with education. That can include people, places, activities, ideas, dispositions, outcomes, or otherwise. These connections can happen psychologically, emotionally, socially and otherwise. The SoundOut Student Engagement Conditions Assessment Tool can help you determine whether the following conditions are intact in your school, classroom, or program. If they are intact, […]

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 […]

Lesson Plan on Staying Solutions Focused

FACILITATOR NOTES Introduction: Inquiry-based lesson plan for 4-40 students and/or adults Goal: When this session is complete, participants should be able to… Anticipate potential problems and develop preventative solutions Examine specific barriers to partnerships Time: 20-60 minutes, depending on the number of people and desired amount of detail. Materials: Flip chart paper and markers. Space: […]