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Raising Student Voice and Student Engagement: Overview of Project

September 18, 2009

The “democratization of school” project will give students more opportunities to develop and use the skills, knowledgemission3, and dispositions that are integral to a vibrant and active democracy.  Harwood Union High School wants to integrate rigor, relevance, and relationship for the lives of their students and as a result increase student engagement.

This project focuses broadly on student voice and the role of ethnography in learning.  More specifically it seeks to include many best practices that will ultimately increase opportunities for student voice in their schools and greater communities.  For example, future curriculum will be developed collaboratively between teachers, students and community.  Students will participate in the responsibilities of auditing, researching, and assessing needs for school reform.  Finally, students will strive to understand themselves relative to the various communities they interact with both virtually and for real.  In doing so they will become stronger democratic citizens that will not only seek to improve the world around them for themselves, but also for others around them.

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