From Disempowered to Disengaged: Creating a Culture of Youth Empowerment in Your School

Thursday February 23, 2017
1:30 - 3:00 PM
Room 203

The most critical missing piece in educational reform is students. Research indicates that empowering student voice and action reaps significant benefits for both students and schools, yet students’ voices and active participation in the educational process are sorely lacking. Empowerment is key to engaging students so it is essential that schools are able to create and nurture cultures of empowerment. Dr. Metzger will share research about disengagement and disempowerment of students in our schools. Former at-risk and special needs students will discuss their first hand experiences with disempowerment and disengagement, along with the opportunities that helped them to feel empowered and engaged. Audience members will engage in various activities that will help them identify areas where they can create or improve a culture of youth empowerment and the processes and tools to do so.

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school climate & culture, school improvement