Informing Policy and Sustaining School Reform with Student Voices

Friday February 24, 2017
1:30 - 3:00 PM
Room 202

School Reform traditionally consists of hiring an experienced educational leader to collaboratively develop a strategic plan that can be supported by all, implemented with fidelity, monitored with efficiency, and results in success for students and staff. However, most school improvement efforts are not successful or sustainable. Students, especially children of color, are not improving academically and the achievement gap continues to exist. This is due, in part, to the fact that school, district, and State leaders do not engage students and their voices in the identification, development, and implementation of effective strategies. Via a pilot program the Michigan Department of Education developed strategies to collect, analyze, and use student voice to inform school, district, and State leaders resulting in policy changes, improved student achievement, and sustained school reform. This presentation will focus on the implementation of these strategies and policy changes.

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