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.”
Student Voice is a completely student-run, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization inspired by the premise that all students should have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. Student Voice strengthens the student movement by empowering students to take action on issues that most impact their education. Our mission is realized by amplifying, aggregating and accelerating student voices. For more information about Student Voice, visit StuVoice.org, follow @Stu_Voice and #StuVoice on Twitter and Instagram and like our page on Facebook.