Students as Allies in Improving Their Schools: Student and Teacher Surveys

What Kids Can Do worked with schools in 5 cities to support student involvement in reform as part of the”Students As Allies” initiative. They helped students conduct action research, participate in meaningful dialogue, and take action in partnership with adults. The Student and Teacher surveys, which were updated in 2011, can be adapted by student/adult teams at any school hoping to gather data on potential areas for improvement. The surveys focus on several key topics including school climate, relationships, teaching styles, academic expectations, student learning, and student voice.

The page also links to the 2004 final report that provides background on the initiative in the 5 featured-sites. It also features a useful bibliography that includes a half dozen guides to student action research, supporting academic literature, and samples of reports written by students conducting action research.

Check out Building Support for Student-Centered Learning: A Toolkit for more communication tools to support student-centered approaches to learning and student action research.

Source Organization: What Kids Can Do (WKCD)

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