Approaches to Amplifying Student Voice
August 23, 2019

A new Center for American Progress report explores a potential “lost opportunity” to accelerate learning and prepare students for future success: elevating student voice.

CAP outlines a variety of approaches that teachers, school leaders, and policymakers can use to incorporate student voice, including:

  • Adding student perspectives to governing bodies
  • Student-led conferences
  • Personalized learning
  • Youth participatory action research (YPAR)

In addition to discussing the pros and cons of each approach, the report provides case studies and tips for maximizing each strategy. CAP also explores factors that can affect successful implementation of student voice initiatives, and provides policy recommendations for school, district, and state policymakers.

Across the Network, many advocates have engaged in efforts to amplify the voices of education’s most critical stakeholders—including DelawareCAN, which recently wrapped up its first Student Voice Week. 

According to Delaware Online, 30 students from two of three Delaware counties spent five days learning “the details of education policy, how to advocate for themselves and others and how to harness the power of their voice.” Check out photos here, and click here to learn more about other student voice advocacy efforts.


Christina Dobratz

Christina is PIE Network's Manager, Communications & Policy  


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