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Summary: This powerful guide provides the theory, research, and numerous practical examples for working with students to take action together to improve schools, written by a leading practitioner in the field of youth voice and student involvement. If you can only have one resource on student involvement, this is it.
Summary: The NUA's mission is to substantiate an irrefutable belief in the capacity of all public school children to achieve the high intellectual performances demanded by our ever changing global community. Our focus is teacher and administrator quality through professional development which incorporates current research from cognitive neuroscience on learning, teaching, and leading. We partner with school districts to support the building of their capacity to advocate community-wide responsibility for realizing the learning potential of its children.
Summary: The North Dakota Study Group on Evaluation is a diverse network of progressive educators dedicated to advocacy for useful, fair, and democratic ways to document and assess children's learning and offering a criticism of educational reform and practice in the light of an enduring concern with democracy and the estate of childhood.
Summary: The studies referenced here demonstrate the importance of students being connected to their school, both for social and developmental benefits as well as student achievement. School Connectedness is described in these reports as the belief by students that the adults and peers at their school care about their learning and about them as individuals, and it is marked by including young people in decision-making, supporting social and emotional development of young people, and creating a safe and trusting environment.
Summary: A powerful study done by youth asking young people in New York City schools about their perspectives on education and schools. The study found that: 1) young people believe their schooling is important to them, 2) resources and access to opportunities are unfairly distributed in our school system and in our schools, and 3) young people want more meaningful opportunities to participate in decision making about schooling.
Summary: This popular article by the author Alfie Kohn gives stories and cites plentiful research showing the benefit of giving students greater decision-making power in their learning. He describes studies finding that greater choice and support for self-determination leads to more creativity, higher attendance, and greater achievement on standardize tests.
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