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Meaningful Student Involvement: Roles for Student Voice



Adam Fletcher's presentation from the 2010 Read. Write. Act. National Conference at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Adam Fletcher's presentation from the 2010 Read. Write. Act. National Conference at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



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  • MSI is constructivist; creating a long-term strategy that incorporates past student experiences is essential.
  • Alfie Kohn is an internationally renowned expert on rewards and punishment in schools and homes, and democratic learning environments.

Meaningful Student Involvement: Roles for Student Voice Meaningful Student Involvement: Roles for Student Voice Presentation Transcript

  • Adam FletcherExecutive Director, CommonAction Consulting
  •  Identify meaningful versus non- meaningful involvement Learn basics of meaningful student involvement Explore possible applications for meaningful student involvement currently
  • WHAT? MSI is a framework for engaging students as partners throughout schools.WHY? MSI strengthens commitment to education, community and democracy.
  • Students Engaged – Disengaged Traditional – Nontraditional K – 12Adults Teachers, Staff, Counselors, Building Leaders District and State Officials Parents and Community Members
  • Student Engagement  The feelings students have towards education and schools  Enthusiasm for learning  Investment in education“Reform should be noticeable in what students say about school.” - Wilson & Corbett, 2001.
  • Student Achievement Academic Outcomes Learning MasteryAdult Efficacy Investment in Students Making Obvious ImpactBuilding Climate “The active presence of students in [school reform] Increased Empathy activities is one third more likely to ensure positive Identifiable Process student acceptance of reform measures.” - School Councils UK, 2000
  • Classroom Curriculum ClassroomThere are ??? Managementoptions SCHOOL-throughout WIDEthe school… OPTIONS Community Building Connections Climate Extra- Curricular
  •  Learners Researchers Planners Teachers Evaluators Decision-Makers Advocates
  •  Advocate Action Change Attitudes Modify Procedures Reform Policies Develop Structures Transform Culture
  • 8. Partnerships7. Student-Led6. Shared5. Consulted4. Assigned3. Tokenism2. Decoration8. Manipulation
  • Structure Policy & Procedures Culture “The lack of motivation to participate is often a directStudents result of students’ lack of Refusing control over the process… Testing student involvement is one solution to the problem.” Parroting Wehmeyer & Sands, 1998Adults Pressure to Perform Historical perspective Me or We?
  • “Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.” – Confucius
  • 360-753-2686 adam@commonaction.orgwww.commonaction.org