WASHINGTON, DC — On Tuesday, Andrew Brennen, National Field Director of Student Voice, announced plans for a nationwide tour at the White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools.
“Students are the ‘stakeholders-in-chief’ of the education system and I am looking forward to rethinking high school to ensure students are put first,” Brennen shared in regards to the tour. Brennen, originally from Lexington, Kentucky, will travel the country to meet with students and document their perspectives via social media. He will engage them and their schools in utilizing the Student Bill of Rights (SBoR) as a framework for involving student voices in creating the
future of school.
Through the tour, Student Voice plans to reach at least 10,000 students from all 50 states through the SBoR voting platform. The aim of the tour is to collect nationwide year-to-year data analysis of student perspectives on what’s most important to them in their education as well as documenting how students are driving school improvement across the country through the SBoR.
Based on the input received, Student Voice will create two dozen case studies of schools and organizations best using student voice in shaping the school environment. The SBoR platform will support and certify schools that use student voices in school improvement process. Zak Malamed, Executive Director of Student Voice sees the tour as the next step in the story of Student Voice.
“Student Voice started with a hashtag that connected students and others in the education community from across the world. We have heard their voices. With the tour, we can now hear from more students and see what they are experiencing firsthand, and the Student Bill of Rights will help them act on their perspectives too.”
About Student Voice
Student Voice is a by-students, for-students 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in all 50 states to equip students as storytellers, organizers and institutional partners who advocate for student-driven solutions to educational inequity. Through direct civic action, Student Voice helps students hold their schools and surrounding communities accountable to the Student Bill of Rights and prepares them to become lifelong agents of social and political change. For more information about Student Voice, visit our website at StuVoice.org and follow @Stu_Voice and #StuVoice on social media.