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Students can help improve schools . . . if we’ll listen

By March 9, 2020No Comments

School leaders often overlook an important source of information on how they could serve students better: students themselves. The “student voice” movement seeks to remedy this by showing administrators productive ways to solicit student input on such matters as school climate, graduation rates, and even teacher turnover. And researchers have identified five methods that are particularly effective to support student voice initiatives, McREL’s Bryan Goodwin and Samantha E. Holquist (a specialist in student voice) write in the March 2020 edition of ASCD’s Educational Leadership magazine.

The five methods Goodwin and Holquist present in the article are: Clearly define students’ roles and responsibilities, identify adult allies and mentors, provide students with professional learning, offer multiple forums for student participation, and listen to all voices.


McREL is a non-profit, non-partisan education research and development organization that since 1966 has turned knowledge about what works in education into practical, effective guidance and training for teachers and education leaders across the U.S. and around the world.