ERIC Number: EJ887153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Reference Count: 0
Power to the Students!
District Administration, v46 n5 p25-28 May 2010
When Adam Fletcher was hired as the student engagement specialist for Washington state's education department 10 years ago, it didn't take him long to realize how difficult his newly created job would prove. Fletcher said no one was talking about the roles of students other than as learners, and they laughed out loud at the proposal of students being partners in school improvement. The landscape faced by Fletcher, who has since become an educational consultant and one of the country's leading advocates for student empowerment through the organization SoundOut, has undergone a transformation as schools and districts have discovered the value in engaging students in more than academics. These students have responded, from taking the lead in educating themselves and their teachers on a variety of topics to becoming activists for school-related issues from teenage suicide to service learning to better nutrition during the school day. This article features some success stories of student involvement and activism.
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Educational Improvement, Service Learning, Educational Change, Learner Engagement, Student Participation, Child Advocacy, Activism, Student Leadership, Parent Teacher Conferences, Change Agents, Profiles
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