Review: “Listening To Urban Kids: School Reform And The Teachers They Want”

Originally published in Meaningful Student Involvement Research Guide by Adam Fletcher (2004) Olympia, WA: SoundOut. Review of “Listening To Urban Kids: School Reform And The Teachers They Want” by B. Wilson & HD Corbett. Published in 2001 by State University of New York Press in Albany, New York. Listening to Urban Kids provides a broad account of […]

Youth United for Change

Youth United for Change is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With the slogan, “Education is a right, not a privilege,” Youth United for Change is a youth-led, democratic organization made up of youth of color and working class communities, with the “people” and political power to hold school officials and government accountable to meeting the educational needs […]

Park Forest Elementary School

Elementary students are often lost in the fray when it comes to substantive student voice. Not so at Park Forest Elementary School in State College, Pennsylvania. Through her school’s work focused on Meaningful Student Involvement, a school leader in Pennsylvania has successfully engaged students as policy-makers who are molding school culture and driving positive Student/Adult Partnerships […]

Philadelphia Student Union

The Philadelphia Student Union has been working for more than a decade to promote a student-inclusive vision for school reform. PSU “exists to build the power of young people to demand a high quality education in the Philadelphia public school system”. Their work is powerful, effective, and deep. A recent examination of the Philadelphia Student […]

Students on School Boards in Pennsylvania

Here are facts about students on school boards in Pennsylvania. In 1972, the Pennsylvania state department of education reported that they encouraged local school boards to consider roles for students on school boards. Today, students can join district school boards but cannot vote. Selection methods vary, with appointments, selections and student council presidents being selected. […]