Meaningful Student Involvement: Roles for Student Voice

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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

    1. 1. Adam FletcherExecutive Director, CommonAction Consulting
    2. 2.  Identify meaningful versus non- meaningful involvement Learn basics of meaningful student involvement Explore possible applications for meaningful student involvement currently
    3. 3. WHAT? MSI is a framework for engaging students as partners throughout schools.WHY? MSI strengthens commitment to education, community and democracy.
    4. 4. Students Engaged – Disengaged Traditional – Nontraditional K – 12Adults Teachers, Staff, Counselors, Building Leaders District and State Officials Parents and Community Members
    5. 5. 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.
    6. 6. 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
    7. 7. Classroom Curriculum ClassroomThere are ??? Managementoptions SCHOOL-throughout WIDEthe school… OPTIONS Community Building Connections Climate Extra- Curricular
    8. 8.  Learners Researchers Planners Teachers Evaluators Decision-Makers Advocates
    9. 9.  Advocate Action Change Attitudes Modify Procedures Reform Policies Develop Structures Transform Culture
    10. 10. 8. Partnerships7. Student-Led6. Shared5. Consulted4. Assigned3. Tokenism2. Decoration8. Manipulation
    11. 11. 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?
    12. 12. “Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.” – Confucius
    13. 13. 360-753-2686 adam@commonaction.orgwww.commonaction.org

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