Elevated Student Voice

Elevated Student Voice refers to a comprehensive approach where student feedback, tailored to their experiences and disaggregated by demographics, is systematically collected and utilized at different intervals throughout the school year. Learning experiences prioritize student voice and choice, placing students at the heart of the process. Actively involved in shaping individual and programmatic decisions, students influence their own learning journey. Classroom and schoolwide decisions embrace representation from all student voices, creating an inclusive and engaging educational environment.

Statements Depicting the Ideal Pursuit of a School

  • Student feedback specific to their experiences, disaggregated by demographics, is systematically gathered and used at various points throughout the school year.
  • Learning experiences prioritize student voice and choice, putting students at the center.
  • Students actively participate in shaping the individual and programmatic decisions that impact their learning journey.
  • All student voices are represented in classroom and schoolwide decisions, fostering inclusivity and active engagement.

Key Resources


“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.”Ralph G. Nichols

Student voice is already there. It’s not something we give. It’s something we honor. And we do when we listen.” – Monte Syrie, Teacher.

Reflection Prompts

  • How do you create an environment where students enjoy learning because it feels purposeful and valuable to them?
  • What groups of students at your school need to be listened to more? Generate 3 ideas about how you as a leader can engage these groups in the next 3 months.
  • Write down your thoughts on how you are engaging your students to share their experiences and what they need from school.

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