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ERIC Number: EJ857690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Student Board Members Make a Difference
Feuer, Aaron; Mayer, Anysia
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n9 p17-19 May 2009
Policy makers at the state and national level would like local school boards to be active participants in creating schools where all students have high-quality learning opportunities. While numerous groups endeavor to make schools a better place for kids, adult leaders rarely seek input on how to do this from their most important stakeholders and informants--their students. Education researchers advise that students should have a role in the school reform movement. Evidence suggests that an important first step in including students in the reform process is to give students a "voice"--in other words, to give them the right to speak for themselves about their educational experiences and the opportunity to be heard by those in places of power. Creating a student position on each local school board is one way school boards can give students a voice in improving their schools. For student board members to contribute effectively, they need a system for collecting feedback that students can easily access. On a daily basis, adult board members should engage their student colleagues in two-way communication so student representatives feel comfortable bringing real issues to the board. One consequence of including students in planning for school improvement is that students are more likely to partner with adult educators to make their schools better places.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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