This episode features Dr. Dana Mitra of the Penn State Univeristy and Kaden Litzinger, a student at Delta High School in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Dana L. Mitra is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Education Policy Studies at the Pennsylvania State University and Kaden Litzinger’s mom. She is the founding editor of the International Journal of Student Voice. Dana has authored over 30 articles on student voice and two books on student voice.
Kaden Litzinger is a ninth grade student at Delta High School in State College, Pennsylvania—a public, democratic school. She has participated in two International Conference on Student Voice in Dublin Ireland and Burlington, Vermont. She is also active in Quaker youth conferences through the Baltimore Yearly Meeting.
In Episode 5, Sam Mukwa Kloestra is interviewed. Same was on an incredible team of student researchers that included Trisha Loon, Kaylan Innes and Curtis Dobson. Their research findings helped build the community between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in their school and beyond.
Sam Mukwa Kloetstra is an Anishinaabe youth from Mattagami First Nation. Throughout high school, he has worked with the Ministry of Education’s Student as Researchers program to better understand how he can make his school a place First Nation, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) youth feel comfortable and safe in. He also sat on the Minister’s Student Advisory Council Cohort 5 where he gave his input on how Ontario’s education system can further benefit FNMI students in their studies. Sam now sits on the Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunity as well as many community councils and boards. He is currently living in Toronto where he has taken an active role in building the urban Indigenous community.
In this podcast, we catch up with Sam and find out more about the Toronto Indigenous Health Centre Advisory Circle which he also discussed in this podcast with Matt Galloway.
You can listen to episode 5 featuring Sam Mukwa Kloestrahere:
Episode 4 of the SoundOut Student Voice Podcast features Oliver Jacob, a student voice advocate at Arnprior District High School in Ontario.
Oliver is a Grade 12 student at Arnprior District High School. He has been heavily involved in student leadership and volunteer work within his community including sitting on the Ministers Student Advisory Council in 2013-2014. He has been involved with Free The Children raising awareness for poverty and child labour in developing countries while teaching Canadian students that THEY are the leaders of today not tomorrow. This is what drew him to contribute to his local and global communities but more than that, he wants to make a difference in the lives of current and future generations. Oliver is committed to do what he can to create an environment where students can achieve excellence in anything they put their minds to by creating a safe learning environment that promotes diversity and leadership.
In Episode 4, Oliver talks about his experience with Students as Researchers. Students as Researchers is a project in which student teams (elementary or secondary) are trained to conduct collaborative inquiry research following the Tri-Council Policy Guidelines for Ethical Research Involving Humans. The first pilot project was held in 2012 in which a multicultural health and community-service centre, Access Alliance, adapted their action research resource for use with elementary and secondary school students. In the project and in all training that followed, teams of 4 students and 1 teacher participated in training sessions held over two days (ideally), made a good start on developing their research question and methods and laid out a basic plan for next steps.
Upon returning to their schools, teams would refine their question and methodology, secure research ethics approval, collect and analyze data and share their research findings with their school and school board and the ministry. In 2013, Students as Researchers teams shared their research findings with their peers, educators, and ministry staff at a conference hosted by the Ontario Ministry of Education. In this episode, Oliver describes his experience as a member of a Students as Researcher team and later, his experience as a Youth Facilitator at a Students as Researchers training session.
Listen to episode four featuring Oliver Jacob here: