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.
You Can Do
Advocate for Student Voice
Learn about Student
Voice. Did you know that Student Voice is more than
classes voting or school-wide meetings? Learn about student
voice from the SoundOut website, through Wikipedia, or
through a number of books.
Brainstorm what your
school can do to change. The power of your imagination
is a terrible thing to waste! Brainstorm different ways your
school could engage student voice more, and make a list.
Talk to other students
about Student Voice. Ask your friends if they know about
Student Voice. Share your ideas about which changes your
school can make, and ask if they have any ideas themselves.
Challenge them to ask you hard questions, and see if you can
answer them, or tell them youíll get back to them after your
Find an adult ally.
Create a learning partnership with an adult to help your
efforts. Engaging an adult ally can make planning more
effective and connections with other adults easier.
Create a Student Voice
plan for your school or community organization. Maybe
your school or the neighborhood nonprofit needs more Student
Voice. Work with your friends to make a plan for who, what,
when, where and how Student Voice can be used.
Hold a Student Voice
workshop. Invite other youth and adults in your
community to learn about Student Voice by facilitating a
hands-on demonstration workshop. Research Student Voice
learning activities and use them to help participants learn
by experiencing democracy in education.
Present your plan to
school decision-makers. Who makes decisions about how
teachers should teach in your school? Teachers, principals,
assistant principals, district administrators and district
board of education members can all effect Student Voice.
Share your plan to them one-on-one or make a presentation to
the school board.
Present your plan to
community decision-makers. Who chooses which nonprofit
organizations get government funding? Present your plan to
them, as well as neighborhood association presidents, local
businesspeople and youth organizationsí leaders.
Organize! If your
efforts to work with the education system arenít working,
organize. Find other people who care about Student Voice by
sharing the idea every chance you get, and ask them to join
you in promoting the concept in your school or community.
Then determine a goal and take action to put Student Voice
into action for everyone!
Find allies online.
Having a hard time finding other youth and adults who care?
Look online through websites like www.soundout.org. People
you can partner with are everywhere, and sometimes itís just
a matter of asking!
luck Ė and remember to share your story with SoundOut today!
information, including training, tools and technical assistance,
contact SoundOut coordinator Adam Fletcher at (360) 489-9680 or
by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.