Student Voice in School Reform

Dana Mitra
January 1, 2008

What might happen if we viewed youth as part of the solution, rather than part of the problem? This book examinse the emergence of "student voice" as an avenue for fostering both youth devlopment and broader conceptions of school leadership aimed at achieving menaingful school change. More than a token a gesture of a student siting in on a meeting, student voice activities are school-based youth-adult partnerships (Camino, 200; Jones and Perkins, 2004). When placed into practice, student voice can describe instances in which young people collaborate with adults and address the problems in their schools and to improve teaching and learning in their classrooms.