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Following are articles written for SoundOut about a variety of topics related to Meaningful Student Involvement. These publications cover student voice, student engagement, student/adult partnerships and more.

Articles on Meaningful Student Involvement

  1. Intro to Meaningful Student Involvement
  2. Making Student Involvement Meaningful
  3. Understanding Meaningfulness
  4. Tips on Action for Meaningful Student Involvement
  5. Spheres of Meaningful Student Involvement
  6. Critical Questions about Meaningful Student Involvement
  7. Measuring the People in Meaningful Student Involvement
  8. Measuring Activities in Meaningful Student Involvement
  9. Measuring Meaningful Student Involvement
  10. Strategies for Meaningful Student Involvement
  11. Measuring the Outcomes of Meaningful Student Involvement
  12. Elements of Meaningful Student Involvement
  13. Planning for Meaningful Student Involvement
  14. The Characteristics of Meaningful Student Involvement
  15. Fully Meaningful Schools
  16. Learning from Meaningful Student Involvement
  17. Meaningful Student Involvement Activities
  18. Whole School Meaningful Student Involvement
  19. Reflection and Meaningful Student Involvement
  20. Methods for Meaningful Student Involvement
  21. Meaningful Student Involvement for Teachers
  22. Grade-Specific Approaches to Meaningful Student Involvement
  23. Adult Learning through Meaningful Student Involvement
  24. Preparing for Meaningful Student Involvement
  25. Places Meaningful Student Involvement Can Happen
  26. Issues Addressed Through Meaningful Student Involvement
  27. People Affected by Meaningful Student Involvement
  28. Impacts of Meaningful Student Involvement on Learning
  29. Impacts of Meaningful Student Involvement on Development
  30. Meaningful Student Involvement Deepens Learning
  31. Meaningful Student Involvement Engages All Students
  32. Meaningful Student Involvement Expands Student Expectations
  33. Meaningful Student Involvement Instills Commitment
  34. Meaningful Student Involvement Provides Systemic Responses
  35. Meaningful Student Involvement Acknowledges Students
  36. Meaningful Student Involvement Creates Student/Adult Partnerships
  37. Meaningful Student Involvement Does NOT Filter Students
  38. Meaningful Student Involvement Recognizes Students Rights
  39. Aims of Meaningful Student Involvement
  40. Learning from Meaningful Student Involvement
  41. Meaningful Student Involvement in North America
  42. Help Us Help Ourselves: Creating Supportive Learning Environments With Students
  43. Student-led Advocacy Success Stories
  44. Ladder of Student Involvement
  45. Students Can Improve Schools
  46. Student-Led Research Planning Guide

Articles on Student Voice

  1. Reasons Why Meaningful Student Involvement Matters
  2. Assessing the Conditions for Student Voice by Michael Fielding
  3. Definitions of Student Voice
  4. Student Voice Tip Sheet
  5. 65 Ways Students Can Share Student Voice
  6. Intro to Student Voice
  7. Why Student Voice? A Research Summary
  8. Student Voice and Student Engagement as a Trojan Horse
  9. Advocate for Student Voice
  10. Adults Must Engage Student Voice
  11. Share Student Voice Daily
  12. Four Kinds of Student Voice
  13. Student Voice in School Building Leadership
  14. Where Student Voice Happens
  15. Overcoming Barriers to Student Voice
  16. Bullying and Student Voice
  17. Convenient or Inconvenient Student Voice
  18. Broadening the Bounds of Involvement: Transforming Schools With Student Voice
  19. Acknowledging Student Voice

Articles on Student Engagement

  1. Multiple Engagement Styles
  2. Five Lessons About Student Engagement
  3. Intro to Student Engagement
  4. Defining Student Engagement: A Literature Review
  5. Cycle of Engagement

Articles on Barriers to Students

  1. Adult-Driven Student Voice
  2. Adultism in Schools
  3. Barriers to School Transformation
  4. 20 Ways to Stop Student Tokenism
  5. 51 Ways Student Tokenism Happens
  6. Students Sabotaging Meaningful Student Involvement
  7. Education Structure as a Barrier to Meaningful Student Involvement
  8. School Culture as a Barrier to Meaningful Student Involvement
  9. Students as Barriers
  10. Adults as Barriers to Meaningful Student Involvement
  11. Students on a Pedestal
  12. Intro to Student Tokenism

Articles about Student/Adult Partnerships

  1. Student/Adult Partnership Activities
  2. Elements of Student/Adult Partnerships
  3. Types of Relationships between Students and Adults
  4. Four Ways Adults Treat Students
  5. Adult Perspectives of Students

Articles for Understanding the Education System

  1. Understanding State Education Agencies
  2. How Decisions Are Made In School
  3. Learning to Learn
  4. Parts of the Education System
  5. The Purpose of Schools
  6. Extracurricular Activities
  7. Modern Schools
  8. Engaging the Disengaged

Articles about Students on School Boards

  1. Students on School Boards Fact Sheet
  2. Terms Related to Students on School Boards
  3. Activities for Students on School Boards
  4. Rationale for Students on School Boards
  5. How to Get Students on School Boards
  6. Options for Student Voice on School Boards
  7. Should School Boards Elect or Select Student Members?
  8. State-By-State Summary of Laws Affecting Students on School Boards
  9. State-By-State Summary of Students on School District Boards
  10. State-By-State Summary of Students on District School Boards
  11. State-By-State Summary of Students on State Boards of Education
  12. Students on School Boards in Canada
  13. Province-By-Province Summary of Laws Affecting Students in Decision-Making
  14. Summary of Students on District School Boards
  15. Students on District School Boards
  16. Students on State Boards of Education
  17. Students on School Boards Toolbox
  18. Involving Students on School Boards
  19. Barriers to Students on School Boards
  20. Quotes about Students on School Boards
  21. Critical Questions
  22. Publications Related to Students on School Boards
  23. FAQs
  24. Sources


  1. Review: Fires in the Bathroom
  2. Review: “Student Voice in School Reform” and “Opening the Floodgates”
  3. Review: “What Works in Education Reform: Putting Young People at the Center”
  4. Review: How to Improve Your School by Giving Pupils a Voice
  5. Review: Critical Voices in School Reform; Students Living through Change
  6. Review: Student Leadership and Restructuring: A Case Study
  7. Review: Learning from Student Voices
  8. Review: FORUM Special Issue on Student Voice
  9. Tools for Listening to Student Voice
  10. Review of In Our Own Words: Students’ Perspectives on School
  11. A Review of “Student Perspectives on School Improvement”
  12. Review of “Authorizing Students’ Perspectives: Toward Trust, Dialogue, and Change in Education”
  13. Review: The Question of the Student in Educational Reform
  14. Review: The Roles of Youth in Society; A Reconceptualization
  15. Review: Look Who’s Talking Now; Student Views of Restructuring Schools
  16. Review: Putting Students at the Centre in Education Reform
  17. Review: “Listening To Urban Kids: School Reform And The Teachers They Want”
  18. Feature on Alison Cook-Sather
  19. Feature on Michael Fielding
  20. Feature on Roger Holdsworth
  21. Feature on Dana Mitra
  22. Feature on Adam Fletcher


Related Content


In The News

SoundOut is regularly cited as an expert service organization. Following are citations from news outlets, online media, scholarly sources and other locations.


Media Citations

Book Citations


  • 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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Feature on Adam F.C. Fletcher

This is a biography of Adam F.C. Fletcher, SoundOut’s founding director.

ADAM F.C. FLETCHER is the CEO of Youth and Educators Succeeding, an international nonprofit working to engage students and educators together to transform education. The founder of, he is also the author of The Guide to Student Voice, Student Voice Revolution, and more than a dozen other books and countless publications related to education. Working around K-12 schools for more than 20 years, Adam has been an educator, researcher, and advocate whose pioneering projects on the topics of student voice, student engagement and Meaningful Student Involvement have affected thousands of schools in dozens of states and several nations worldwide. He has keynoted more than 300 conferences, been published in several academic journals and periodicals, and in 2010 he was named a “Healthy School Hero” by former United States Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher.

In 2002, Adam founded SoundOut. Since then, he has worked with more than 300 K-12 schools, districts, agencies, and education-focused nonprofits on student voice, student/adult partnerships and Meaningful Student Involvement. Working with countless students and teachers, he has planned, trained, facilitated and evaluated a variety of dynamic programs focused on engaging students as partners in schools. He has also presented workshops and keynoted at more than 100 education conferences at district, state, national and international conferences in the United States, Canada, Brazil and Scotland. He regularly consults with students, educators, academics and advocates around the world. 

Adam has written many more than 25 publications for SoundOut, including the Meaningful Student Involvement Guide to Students as Partners and the SoundOut Student Voice Curriculum.  He has contributed to a variety of publications, including Education Week, the ASCD Whole Child Blog, and Austratlia’s Connect for Student Participation magazine. He has also been featured in Scholastic’s District Administration magazine, the Atlanticand several others. His professional service includes serving on the editorial board of the Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, and several boards for nonprofits across the United States.

Today, Adam lives in the Pacific Northwest with his daughter, a cat and a dog. He conducted graduate studies at the University of Washington in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and has a bachelors degree from The Evergreen State College focused on Critical Pedagogy and Youth Studies.

For more information about Adam Fletcher, see his website at

Adam Fletcher Bibliography

  • Fletcher, A. (2017) Student Voice Revolution: The Meaningful Student Involvement Handbook. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2014) The Guide to Student Voice, 2nd Edition. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2014) School Boards of the Future: A Guide to Students as Education Policy-Makers. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2014) Guide to Students on School Boards. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2013) “Cascading Leadership Among Students“, Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (June)
  • Fletcher, A. (2013) “Full Personhood for All,” Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (April)
  • Fletcher, A. (2013) “51 Ways to Tokenise Student Voice,” Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (February)
  • Fletcher, A. (2013) Meaningful Student Involvement Deep Assessment. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2012) “Convenient or inconvenient Student Voice?” Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (October 2012)
  • Fletcher, A. (2012) “Student Voice and Engagement as Trojan Horses,” Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (April)
  • Fletcher, A. (2012) SoundOut Student Voice Curriculum: Teaching Students to Change Schools. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2011) Student Voice and Bullying: A SoundOut Focus Paper. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2011) “Keeping An Eye Out: How Adults Perceive Students,” Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (August)
  • Fletcher, A. (2011) “Typical Engagement? Students on School Boards in the U.S.” Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (February)
  • Fletcher, A. (2010) “Rules of student engagement,” Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (October)
  • Fletcher, A. (2010) “Meaningful Student Involvement in the USA and Canada,” Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (August)
  • Fletcher, A. (2008) “The Architecture of Ownership,” Educational Leadership. 66, 3. (November)
  • Fletcher, A. (2007) “10 Ways to Kill Student Voice,” Connect Magazine Supporting Student Participation. (August)
  • Fletcher, A. (2006) “When Youth Voice Grows Up,” ServiceLine Journal. (Fall)
  • Fletcher, A. (2006) “SoundOut: Serving the School as Community,” ServiceLine Journal. (Spring)
  • Fletcher, A. (2006) “50 Ways Adults Can Support Student Voice,” for Teaching Tolerance.
  • Fletcher, A. (2005) “Learning from failure,” ServiceLine Journal. (Fall)
  • Fletcher, A. (2005) “Students reflect on learning through service to the environment,” ServiceLine Journal.(Spring)
  • Fletcher, A. (2004) Meaningful Student Involvement Research Guide. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2005) Stories of Meaningful Student Involvement. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2005) Meaningful Student Involvement: Guide to Students as Partners in School Change. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2004) “Meaningful Student Involvement: Reciprocity in Schools through Service-Learning,” in The Bridge: The Journal of the University Promise Alliance at the University of Minnesota [pdf]. p 37-58.
  • Fletcher, A. (2003) Meaningful Student Involvement Idea Guide for Schools. Olympia, WA: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Schools.
  • Fletcher, A. (2003) “Broadening the Bounds of Involvement: Transforming Schools With Student Voice,” New Horizons for Learning Journal.
  • Fletcher, A. (2003) Meaningful Student Involvement Resource Guide. Olympia, WA: SoundOut.
  • Fletcher, A. (2002) “Meaningful involvement benefits all students,” ServiceLine Journal. (Summer)
  • Fletcher, A. (2002) “Students as planners,” ServiceLine Journal. (Summer)
  • Fletcher, A. (2002) “Students as researchers,” ServiceLine Journal. (Summer)
  • Fletcher, A. (2001) “When youth have a voice, school climate changes,”  ServiceLine Journal. (Summer)
  • Fletcher, A. (2001) “Students as partners in their education,” ServiceLine Journal. (Summer)
  • Fletcher, A. (2001) “Meaningful Student Involvement,” ServiceLine Journal. (Summer)
  • Fletcher, A. (2001) “Students have big say at new school,” ServiceLine Journal. (Summer)
  • Fletcher, A. (2001) “Student voice: OSPI team ‘makes it real’,” ServiceLine Journal. (Summer)

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