Student Reform DayPrototype #2 Made by UK EDU 300 Design Team Working with the PrichardCommittee
Objective • In order to bring student voices to the Prichard Committee we had to find a way to get the students involved. • We wanted to involve all students, because everyone has a different experience in the school system. • In order to involve all students we came up with the idea to take the Prichard Committee to the students. • We decided that the best way to get student voices was to go to the students. • This way we can get the overall perspective that we would otherwise would be impossible.
The Beginnings • To start out we had to tackle the issues of how to get the Prichard Committee to the schools. • Then we had to deal with the issue of getting all walks of students involved. • So, we came up with the platform of Student Reform Day.
Student Reform Day • The idea behind Student Reform Day is a forum where students will be able to come up with solutions to problems facing the Prichard Committee. • They will have the chance to use design thinking methods to brainstorm solutions using their insight into the school system. • We structured the day to fit four separate forums in one school day. Each forum with ten, randomly selected students. We suggest that you hold a Student Reform Day quarterly throughout the year. Though it is acceptable if a student repeats by chance.
Problems to Ponder What we needed to solve before we could come up with a working prototype. • How to get the schools on board? • How to incorporate the Prichard Committee? • How to keep the students from feeling inferior to the Prichard Committee members? • What platform is best for student input? • How many students, how often do we meet, and on what scale? • How to get all students involved? • How to incentivize students? • How to keep accountability flow between students and Prichard Committee?
•Steps to Success Running the Program Beginning to EndStep 1- Get the Prichard Step 2- Get the schools Step 3- Come up with Committee on board involved Topic for discussion Step 6- Take StudentStep 4- Select Students Step 5- Run the Forums Ideas to the Prichard Committee
How to get the schools involved? Going to the Students • Show the schools that it is to their benefit to welcome the Prichard Committee because it means they are getting a voice from within the school to a source of power. • It encourages students to take an active role in their education. • It provides the chance for the Prichard Committee to see schools firsthand.
How to incorporate the Prichard Committee? • The Prichard Committee is made up of influential and successful men and women. We were afraid that the students would feel inferior and that they would hold back in the discussions. • Encourages the Prichard Committee to simply sit back and listen. • We really wanted the Prichard Committee at the school so that the students could see the people who can influence change.
The Prichard Committee Introduction to the Students – Show what you do and WHY! • We suggest that the Prichard Committee create a short, two minute introduction video. • The video will cover what the Prichard Committee does. • What is the purpose of the Student Forum. • How the students can help the Prichard Committee. • This video can help to inspire the students to strive high and come up with unique insights and solutions. • Inspiring Video Example
How to keep the students from feeling inferior to thePrichard Committee members?• Limit the number of Prichard Committee members, we suggest two.• Do an icebreaker game at the beginning. Include the students, Prichard Committee members, and the moderator. This will help to build relationships quickly.
What platform is best for student input? • After considering many different platforms to gain student input we decided on a forum/discussion based platform. • We wanted to hear what students had to say about the issues we present to them. • We also wanted them to have a safe environment where they would feel comfortable talking. We want the students to be the conversation. • We want the students to be able to get into some deep and messy brainstorming.
How many students, how often do wemeet, and on what scale? • A group of about 10 students is the recommended number of students. We wanted to keep the number low to help promote discussion from all students. • The number of students may change depending on the success of the group discussion. • We suggest running four different groups on each Student Reform Day. • Student Reform Days will happen every quarter. • Student Reform Day is a scalable model. We suggest starting small, in one school and then build outwards.
How to get all students involved? • A diverse group will bring together different experiences and perspectives. • In a group of advanced students you may have many who are friends and who share many classes. Their experience will be more similar than students who are less advanced and take different classes. That is why you want a diverse group. • To get the students involved you need to give them some kind of incentive. • Snacks • Miss class • Fun/interactive environment • Be change, see change
How are students chosen?• Students are randomly selected to participate in an one hour brainstorming session. • There will be an equal ratio of females and males • 5 males : 5 females • Students will get to miss class• The selection process will be witnessed by someone outside the school and the Prichard Committee.
•Example of how students are chosen Think Lottery StyleClass Roster
Student Notification Letter • Selected students will receive a letter from the teacher whose class they will be missing. • Sounds honorable • Students will inform their teacher if they wish to participate in the forum. The forum is OPTIONAL. • The letter will outline the purpose of the forum and the participation of the Prichard Committee. • It will also contain the topic for discussion.
The Moderator (Job Description) Intermediary • The moderator is a young adult, in or around their twenties. They are interested in helping to promote student involvement in their education and the process of education policy making. • The moderator must have graduated from high school and not be or have been a member of the Prichard Committee. • The moderator is trained in the Design Thinking approach and how to run a brainstorming session. • The moderator must be a leader and capable of handling a group of diverse high school student.
The Moderator Intermediary• Their job is to keep the conversation moving and help the students to run a successful brainstorming session.• They serve as a middle man between the Prichard Committee and the students. They help to interpret and to keep the forum focused on the students’ voices.• All questions and comments from the Prichard Committee during the forum will go through the moderator to keep the students from feelings inferiority.
Meeting AgendaOne Hour Student Forum 0.0 min Ice Breaker and Refreshments Games and Food 0.10 min Introductory Video Get Students Fired-Up 0.12 min Moderator Discusses Topic and BrainStorm Process Facilitates Video 0.15 min Student BrainStorm Uses Whiteboards and Design Thinking Method 0.55 min Closing Remarks Wrap It Up and Send the Students Back to Class
Checks and Balances - Accountability Keep the Students Coming Back • Without the Prichard Committee the students have no say in education. However, the student are the ones directly affected by the policies the Prichard Committee helps to create. • To keep the students interested in what the Prichard Committee is doing and how they are helping, the students need to see the progress. • The Prichard Committee is therefore required to report to the students to let them know what is happening in education policy making and how their suggestions and ideas are being accomplished. • We understand that policy making is slow, however, to keep the students excited they have to be kept informed and they need to know that what they have to say matter.
The Inside Knowledge – Future Implications It Benefits Everyone • Student Reform day is a sustainable and scalable model • With student participation and the Prichard Committee’s power this tag team will be unstoppable. • Students get a voice and a source of information that was before unheard of. • The Prichard Committee gets a first-hand knowledge of the school system from the ones it most affects. With the students on their side the Prichard Committee will gain even more power in schools and legislative. • Final Notes: https://kystudentvoices.wordpress.com/