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#Equality #Diversity #Dialogue #studentvoice #studentactionresearch An exemplar

Essential reading for all students, student voice practitioners and educational leaders.

The Education Curiosity Shop

The student perspective on matters of education
Student responses to what goes on in classrooms can provide valuable insight and demonstrate the obvious, that having been ‘schooled’ since 4/ 5 years old students actually have a lot of experience in terms of what makes for a good learning experience. A student perspective can enlighten, animate and inject a different dynamism of energy. The vitality of young interested minds: if you show interest you get interest back. Magic formula.

Student Voice; Student Action Research

What make students underachieve, give up, fail to try? As Equality & Diversity Coordinator , I set up discussions around these questions with the student E&D group. Their immediate responses included things like: Why would you try if you felt alienated, or if teachers felt ‘unreachable’ to you and/or if teachers didn’t know who you were , didn’t even remember your name?  Why would you ever…

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Episode 6: Adam Fletcher

Adam Fletcher has inspired and informed me for more than 15 years. The website is incredible and his library of resources truly vast. It is with great pleasure that I share this episode in which Adam provides an overview of his work and talk frankly about adultism and how it hinders true partnership between adults and young people.



Adam Fletcher’s internationally-renowned work is based on growing up as a border-crossing, occasionally homeless low-income kid from the Canadian Rockies to the Midwestern U.S. He has created an on engaging people throughout their lives. The author of 50 books and over 100 published articles, Adam’s work promotes personal engagement, youth voice, student involvement and community empowerment. He earned a Bachelors degree focused on critical pedagogy and youth studies from The Evergreen State College and conducted graduate studies at the University of Washington in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Today, he consults and trains organizations around the world.




You can listen to Episode 6 featuring Adam Fletcher here:


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Elsewhere Online

Adam mentioned a number of resources in the podcast and provided these links where you can find out more information.


Special thanks to the original team for this episode:

  • Host: Jean Courtney
  • Post-sound production: Andy Berthiaume, 
  • Graphic and digital media support: Joie Li,

Special! Rainbow Chen

This episode features Rainbow Chen, a student at Winooski High School in Vermont.


Rainbow Chen is a 16-year old rising senior at Winooski High School, located in the small 1.1 square mile city of Winooski, Vermont. On top of being a passionate student, she sits on many leadership positions ranging from local to state level. Locally, she works with the Nellie Mae Foundation and her school board. Statewide, she is one of only two student representatives on the State Board of Education. Rainbow strives to fight for an education that her generation can flourish and succeed in, heavily inspired by the labels often stamped on her school: low-income, low test-score, most diverse school in the state, and “failing” school. Outside of her leadership occupations, she actively participates in the fine arts by playing double bass in the Vermont Youth Orchestra and works at her family’s small Chinese restaurant.


This special episode with Rainbow Chen is available here:

This episode is also available on iTunes.

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