School Voice

What do students and staff think about school?

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

School 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 and staff 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 school voice and co-leadership aids in building strong relationships between teachers and students, activating participation in learning and within the greater school community, and by clearly mapping how present school experiences can help students and staff 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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