Through student forums, discussions, planning meetings, student-led research, and other activities, high school students have been actively involved in giving their feedback in the design of new small schools in Indianapolis.
This 8-page policy brief presents the benefits of including students in the decision-making process, with examples from across the country. The paper discusses the challenges of involving young people in governance and includes a set of questions and recommendations for state and local policymakers to consider. (From the National Center for Learning and Citizenship and the Education Commission of the States)
Ronald A. Wolk offers his perspective on student involvement in school reform and shares the story of a high school in Maine where students participate in all levels of school decision-making. (Teacher Magazine)