Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Student Voice



6 Ways Teachers Continue to Promote Student Voice This Year

Summary:  This article makes suggestions as to how teachers can encourage student voice, even when working remotely.  These include connection, collaboration, checking for understanding, providing hands-on learning experiences, and maintaining a learning routine, among others.

Source:  Cheryl Abla, Edutopia, December 8, 2020



Letting Students Write on Subjects They Love Fuels Learning

Summary:  This article supports the idea that when students are interested and invested in a subject that they are writing about they are more likely to develop their writing skills.  The author also believes that students then take these writing skills and successfully apply them to other writing tasks.

Source:  Lauren Barack, Education DIVE, January 22, 2020



Student-led Initiatives Tie Civic Action, Advocacy to Social Studies Lessons

Summary:  Pathways2Power, a student-led advocacy initiative, which now includes students from around D.C., is designed to be a platform for students’ voices and a way to effect change for problems affecting youth, such as gun violence, housing insecurity and mental health. 

Source:  Shawna De La Rosa, Education DIVE, December 18, 2019



Empathy and Empowerment: HOW and WHY It Is Important To Raise an Empathic Girl

Summary:  This article about empathy and empowerment comes from an interview with Dr. Maurice Elias and focuses on the importance of empowering girls to be successful in a competitive world.  Dr. Elias suggests several tactics to help build empathy and confidence in girls as they grow and develop.

Source: Nina Teggarty, Raising Kick-Ass Heroines, October 24, 2019



Civics Is Social and Emotional

Summary: this article reports on a project called “Generation Citizen” which teaches civics through action projects where students pick issues that are important to them and then take action to address the problem at a political level.

Source: Molly McKay Bryson and Scott Warren, Education Week, October 15, 2018

Categories: SEL Basics, Service Learning, Student Engagement, Student-Centered Learning, Student Voice



Social-Emotional Learning Writing Resources from 826 National

Summary:This website is dedicated to student writing and there are resources which have been developed jointly by 826 Digital and the Cartoon Network which champion Social-Emotional Learning and focus on kindness and empathy and bullying prevention.

Source: Anna Griffin, 826 Digital Manager, September 2018

Categories: Student Voice, Student Engagement, SEL Basics, Empathy, Character Education



Letting Students Succeed as Themselves

Summary:  This article speaks about the writer’s experiences in New Zealand where education focuses on a student’s cultural heritage and helps them understand their heritage and make connections with their learning.

Source:  Joshua Block, Edutopia, July 20, 2017

Categories:  School Culture/Climate, Student Centered Learning, Core Values, Student Engagement, Student Voice



HS Student Group

A Town Helps Transform Its School

Summary:  This article shares how a town in New Hampshire became involved in a school improvement initiative and was able to make a significant difference in the quality of the education offered there.  Some of the hallmarks of the initiative included listening to student voice, focusing on competency-based learning, and helping students develop empathy and resolving conflicts.

Source:  Emelina Minero, Edutopia. July 18, 2017

Categories:  Student Voice, Student Engagement, Classroom Practice, Empathy, School Culture/Climate



Teachers, Principals Say Student Input Can Improve School Climate

Summary:  This article summarizes the importance of involving students in building or improving a positive school culture and climate.  Engaging students, parents, and community through effective communication means is a way to build a school or district’s “brand.”

Source:  Pat Donachie, Education DIVE, July 13, 2017

Categories:  School Culture/Climate, Student Engagement, Student Voice



PBL Classroom

Why Losing Control of Your Classroom is a Good Thing

Summary:  This article reports on efforts to implement problem based learning (PBL) and giving students control of lesson planning based on their individual projects.  Teachers play a supportive role while students are empowered and given voice.

Source: Stephen Noonoo, eSchool News, June 19, 2017

Categories: Student Centered Learning, Student Achievement, Student Engagement, Student Voice