Adam Fletcher has inspired and informed me for more than 15 years. The Soundout.org 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:
This special podcast features Greg Williamson from Washington State.
For nearly three decades, while serving in other roles with the state and federal government, Greg Williamson has worked directly with young people to better involve them in the decisions that affect them. This includes establishment of several co-designed efforts: the Office of the Superintendent of Instruction (OSPI), Washington State Student Engagement Office; the Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC); US Senator Patty Murray’s Senate Advisory Youth Involvement Team (SAYIT); the Office of the Superintendent of Instruction/Washing Association of Student Councils: Student 2 Student “Change Your World” program; student engagement authority, funding, and initiatives in various student support programs, and other youth policy and strategy work.
Greg’s MA degree is in organization renewal, and much of his work and consultation involves teaching principles of systems thinking, change, chaos, and emergence theory to youth and adults as a vehicle for school and community improvement and increasing social justice.
Greg recommends viewing Engaged, an award-winning documentary series from Washington’s public television station called TVW. It shows Washington State students engaged in civic life.
Listen to this special episode with Greg Williamson here:
This episode features Dr. Bill Preble, a longtime student voice advocate, author and more.
Dr. Bill Preble has worked on youth voice issues for over 30 years as a teacher, program developer, researcher, and author. He created Project S.A.M.E. a US-Soviet Youth Exchange that brought students from the US and USSR together to advocate for peace; founded Students Concerned about Bias in Society (SCABS) who fought for implementation of Title IX in Maine schools; directed the University of Maine Aspirations Project and launched 35 statewide student leadership teams to bring students’ voices to educational reform; conducted program evaluation research on the effects of the Maine Civil Rights Teams Project whose 50 student teams fought against bigotry and intolerance in Maine communities; founded the Center for School Climate and Learning and worked in hundreds of schools supporting students, teachers and administrators to bring youth voice to school reform in the US; co-authored two books, The Respectful School, and Transforming School Climate and Learning to share what I have learned.
This special episode with Dr. Bill Preble is available here: