SoundOut is an
expert assistance program focused on promoting
Student Voice and Meaningful Student Involvement
We work with K-12
schools, districts, state and provincial education
agencies, and nonprofit education organizations
across the United States and Canada.
Students and educators who want to
know more about student voice, listening to student voice, engaging
students as partners, and meaningful student involvement can use
these tips to move forward.
Examine and analyze student voice What is going great at your school? What
is going terrible? Ask students, ask teachers, ask parents, ask neighborhood
leaders, and ask dropouts what they think about schools.
Evaluate your school |
Assess student involvement |
Student Forums |
Research your school
Learn about schools
You can't change what you don't understand. Examine how schools really work and
explore some different issues and actions others are taking to change them.
Learn about schools |
Student Action Institutes
Start involving students right now
Listening to student voice is not enough -
educators must engage students in their classrooms and throughout their schools.
50 ways to partner with students |
Get students on board |
Create student-adult partnerships
Learn more about meaningful student
involvement Schools and education
agencies are working to meaningfully involve students in school improvement and
Meaningful student involvement |
Organizations promoting student voice
Discover how students are leading school
change Bring together friends,
family, neighbors, or other students to change your school.
activism | Student Action
Find an existing group Some schools
already have student groups or student-led activist organizations. It is easier
to join them than to start your own. Other communities also have organizations
where youth work with adults to change schools.
Student voice links | Adult
organizations that work with students
Start a group If there is no group at
your school or in your community, if the group is too stuck in its ways, or if
there is nobody working on schools, then you can start your own group.
Take action To make a difference, your
group needs a campaign. Choose this carefully because a good campaign can lead
to success, whereas a poor campaign can cause your group to stagnate.
Tips for Action |
For help or ideas, contact us.