There are countless ways that students can be meaningfully involved throughout education. After our research and experience, we have found that most of these ways fall into one of six strategies.

Following are those strategies. Each page includes an introduction, descriptions of the type, places where it happens, examples and resources.

Strategies for Meaningful Student Involvement


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STUDENTS AS EDUCATION RESEARCHERS

Students can structure, administer and evaluate findings from research focused on learning, teaching and leadership in schools, among many other things.


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STUDENTS AS SCHOOL PLANNERS

Focusing on curriculum and instruction, administration, or many other subjects, students can serve as school planners in a variety of ways.


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STUDENTS AS CLASSROOM TEACHERS

Teaching themselves, younger students, older students and all sorts of adults are some of the roles students can have as teachers.


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STUDENTS AS LEARNING EVALUATORS

Self-evaluation is a vital lifelong skills students need; learning to assess their peers, teachers, classes, schools and the entire education system is essential to being a responsible citizen and meaningful contributor to society.

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STUDENTS AS SYSTEMIC DECISION-MAKERS

Making decisions that affect themselves is only enriched when students have opportunities to make decisions that affect other students, their schools, education and communities.


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STUDENTS AS EDUCATION ADVOCATES

Students learning about, critically examining, developing platforms and advocating for things that matter in education is vital to transforming schools today.

 

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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