I’ve been doing a lot of learning and reading about Human-Centered Design lately. A key aspect of that is integrating the people you design for into the design process, so I’ve been thinking quite a bit about what this might mean in education.
I came across this Harvard Graduate School of Education article today called Giving Students a Voice, which highlights five ways to integrate student voice into policy and practice. (Ironically I stumbled onto the article from reading an article on the Parkland shooting.) I thought it might offer some food for thought on how we might integrate more meaningful student voice in our practices and policies. I’d be interested to hear what others think of the article, or the idea in general.
We’ve done this in the past. A big element of our most recent strategic plan came about through the voice of one student included in the process. I think we can do better.
Student Voice should be so common that it becomes exceptional not to have it, rather than it being something noteworthy because of its rarity.