Student Voice

What do students think about school?

This seemingly simple question opens the door to genuine and authentic student voice in schools, where educators ask for their students' opinions and really listen to what they have to say. However, student voice isn't just about asking and listening - it is also about what happens next.

Student voice truly takes off when teachers and students engage in meaningful dialogue about real and important issues, and then actively partner in leading the way forward together. When students see that their voices are being heard and influencing decisions, and they are invited to act as leaders in that process, a collaborative community of learners is formed.

This collaborative community naturally works in support of the Aspirations Framework. Engaging student voice and co-leadership aids in building strong relationships between teachers and students, activating students' participation in their own learning and within the greater school community, and by clearly mapping how present school experience can help them work towards their futures.

The bottom line is that, in order to truly teach our students, we must be willing learn from them. Only they can tell us where they would like their journey to take them beyond school, and that is essential information if we are to do the important work of successfully inspiring and equipping them for what lies ahead.

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