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Students don’t need a ‘voice.’ Here’s what they really need.

Students don’t need a ‘voice.’ Here’s what they really need. | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it
When they say, 'Let�s give students a voice,' they mean, 'let�s give them a seat at school board meetings.' Not good enough.

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The founder of the Independent Project in his high school talks about why "student voice" is not enough: "give them real agency in their own education".

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Who does the curriculum really belong to, anyways?

 

"People talk about giving students a voice. A seat at the table. If we’re going to solve these problems, we’re going to need more than that. We want kids to be engaged in learning, to be excited to show up and happy about school? Give them real agency in their own education.

We want kids to be learning, to be passionate about their work? Let them learn things that have real meaning to them. Make them the authors of their curriculum.

We want kids to learn how to learn, to be innovative, to make change, to be able to tackle the nuanced and constantly shifting problems that the future presents? Don’t give them a voice. Give them our schools."

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5-Minute Film Festival: Student Voice and Choice

5-Minute Film Festival: Student Voice and Choice | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it
When students feel that that their opinions and ideas are valued, they're more engaged with their education. Watch these 7 videos for ideas on how to give your students more agency in school.
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Once labelled the ‘do as you like’ school, Summerhill prepares to pick up Government recognition

Once labelled the ‘do as you like’ school, Summerhill prepares to pick up Government recognition | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it
A Suffolk school is set to receive parliamentary recognition for its alternative approach to education.
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VicSRC - Victorian Student Representative Council :: Moving on up: VicSRC Transition Report

VicSRC - Victorian Student Representative Council :: Moving on up: VicSRC Transition Report | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it
The Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) is the peak body representing secondary students in Victoria. Our vision is to make student voices heard at all levels and strengthen the capacity of Student Representative Councils to make a diff
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Student views on making the transition from primary to secondary school a better experience.

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Is year 9 the worst school year for students and teachers?

Is year 9 the worst school year for students and teachers? | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it
An anonymous teacher discovered that being head of year 9 is seen as a poisoned chalice. When she investigated why, pupils described a time of harrowing change
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"Social media came up constantly. Year 9 is when things get “dark” on social media, they said, even though many weren’t supposed to be networking on these sites so young."

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Voice and Choice: It’s More Than Just "What"

Voice and Choice: It’s More Than Just "What" | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it
Consider letting students decide what they want to study, who they want to work with, what outcomes they expect, and where and when they do their work.
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" While having students express voice and choice in their products is one great option, let's consider more opportunities to create engagement and student-centered learning."
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Student Voice and Aspirations: The Key to Unlocking School Potential

Student Voice and Aspirations: The Key to Unlocking School Potential presented by Dr. Russell Quaglia at the PDE Data Summit Dr. Quaglia shares his work on s...


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Not just about SV and the impact it has on student academic achievement but also about things like the importance of knowing students' hopes and dreams.

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Student Voice = Student Choice

Student Voice = Student Choice | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it
As an educator, I value every word my students write or speak when it comes to their learning journey.  Listening to my students and applying their ideas, concerns, and aspirations has led me to improve my role as a lead learner in what I consider 'our' learning community (formerly known by some as a classroom).…
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Grapevine-Colleyville ISD program helps teachers hear ‘Student Voice’

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD program helps teachers hear ‘Student Voice’ | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it

Educators in Grapevine-Colleyville schools are tapping an under-utilized resource in the effort to make their teaching more effective: getting feedback from the students themselves.


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Give the Gift of Student Voice—In New Orleans | EduShyster

Give the Gift of Student Voice—In New Orleans | EduShyster | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it
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An introduction to Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools.

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Can a Truly Student-Centered Education Be Available to All?

Can a Truly Student-Centered Education Be Available to All? | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it
Radically student-centered public schools do exist, often producing students that perform well on standardized tests without focusing on them at all.
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"Students who had been kicked out of multiple schools were suddenly begging to go to school. Staff members were saying positive things about students’ intelligence and unique ways of looking at the world, not calling with the newest problem."

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Students as Researchers

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's journey Students as Researchers (StAR) projects can be game-changers if the adults who are in positions to make decisions on policy and programs pay attention. Student-led research is an opportunity to pra...

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The author's journey in SAR.

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Can Design Thinking Help Schools Find New Solutions to Old Problems?

Can Design Thinking Help Schools Find New Solutions to Old Problems? | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it
Some schools are tackling the toughest problems like truancy and parent engagement by thinking outside the box.
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“In education we do not typically engage our users — our students — to find what is causing them to be disengaged."

"But, once the educators made it clear that student perspectives are valued and that their ideas were going to be prototyped and used in the school, even the most disaffected kids were enthused."

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Students have little voice in shaping schools. One wants to change that.

Students have little voice in shaping schools. One wants to change that. | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it
Andrew Brennen, 19, is earning national attention for his work advocating for student voice.
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“Any group that claims to be pushing for school improvement and isn’t talking to students is doing it wrong and is probably part of the problem."

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Student Voice in School Building Leadership

Student Voice in School Building Leadership | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it
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Over view of SV in the USA.
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As Long As We’re Silent, Nothing Will Change | EduShyster

As Long As We’re Silent, Nothing Will Change | EduShyster | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it
It will make a difference when they see how many of us are here today.They can see how much we care. Education is a right and we’re fighting for it.—Yohanalis Estrella, Brighton High
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Students in Boston protesting against huge cuts to school budgets.
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Student voice research in the United States— Finding opportunities to make a difference in an era of accountability | BERA

Student voice research in the United States— Finding opportunities to make a difference in an era of accountability | BERA | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it
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An overview of the ways student voice can be enabled in elementary schools.

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If you want to improve your teaching, let students co-plan your lessons

If you want to improve your teaching, let students co-plan your lessons | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it

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"Not only has it had a significant impact on classroom practice, but it provides valuable opportunities for student voice and this has a measurable impact on the quality of learning."

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Student voice: Education is killing students' curiosity

Michael Hardy, a student at North Liverpool Academy, answers the question 'Are schools getting in the way of education?'

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The Power of Youth Engagement

  Beyond the research, statistics and reports, there’s a simple truth about youth engagement: When young people experience sustained connections to the worlds within and around them, the…...

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The Rethinkers

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Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools is a youth organizing and leadership development organization that uses participatory education and action research to build organizing and leadership skills of New Orleans youth.

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Beyond Planning Prom--Connecting the Resurgent Student Voice Movements Across the Country

Beyond Planning Prom--Connecting the Resurgent Student Voice Movements Across the Country | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it
As organizers for student-led advocacy organizations, we have directly seen and heard from thousands of young people who are ready to be more than just passive consumers of our schools. We are beginning to realize that we can and should be active agents of our education destiny.
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"We have an opportunity to embrace, channel and unleash student voice to rethink school in America. What if we used this energy to support students to be more than just passive consumers of our schools but instead, co-creators of our own learning?"

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Ravenswood captain Sarah Haynes delivers memorable year-end speech

Ravenswood captain Sarah Haynes delivers memorable year-end speech | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it
When the captain of elite private school Ravenswood gave an uncensored assessment of her final year at the institution, the reaction was one of shock and awe.
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Empowering Students to be the Change by Angela Harrison

Empowering Students to be the Change           by Angela Harrison | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it
Please welcome guest blogger, Angela Harrison, who shares her experience as a student voice practitioner.  jean As a Student Success Teacher at St. Peter Catholic High School, I have had the opport...
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SV in Ontario: "students feel empowered and apprehend that they have a voice in bringing about positive change."

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Student Voice members at The Ripley Academy

Student Voice members at The Ripley Academy | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it

MORE than 80 students at The Ripley Academy are making their views on school life known after being selected to be part of the Student Voice organisation. Two students from each form are elected to...


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Tables turned; students are teaching the teachers

Tables turned; students are teaching the teachers | Student Voice Australia | Scoop.it
Research shows good interaction between teachers and pupils is crucial for learning. A program where students give teachers feedback on their techniques is gaining traction.
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In Victoria, Australia: "This professional development program, exclusively designed by students for teachers, aims to further bridge the gap by exploring ways to improve learning styles, engagement with the curriculum and student-teacher relationships in a way that is non-threatening."

 
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