Training for student decision-makers: All students are engaged in constant and meaningful decision-making opportunities in their own education, school-wide and community issues. Schools train students and adults to be effective and empowered members of decision-making groups.

There are two primary types of decisions students can make as decision-makers in schools.

  • Individual Decisions: These are decisions made by individuals affecting themselves. They include whether to cooperate; how to be motivated; what friendships to have; whether to attend schools; and several more.
  • Group Decisions: Decisions made by individuals that affect groups of people or decisions made by groups affecting others are group decisions. They include representation, belonging, rituals, allies and many more.


Learn how to make these decisions intentionally, effectively and meaningfully is a key to Meaningful Student Involvement in decision-making. This includes learning how to communicate, how to be critical and whether to even engage in decision-making.


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Published by Adam F. C. 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

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