Youth-adult partnership can unleash a previously unknown source for problem solving and change. The resources here will spark ideas and help you nurture these vital relationships.
The integrity of this working partnership is tied to mutual respect, equity in an on-going exchange of ideas, and shared responsibility. When young people are challenged to bring forth their best efforts, adults similarly rise to the occasion. Both parties grow in their understanding and commitment to change, grappling with the complexity of the school change process from the diverse perspectives of both key stakeholder groups.
For more information about the toolkit, its origins, or the resources contained here, please contact Shaun Adamec, Director of Strategic Communications for The Nellie Mae Education Foundation, who coordinated its creation.
Tammy Davis, Superintendent, Winnisquam Regional School District in New Hampshire, talks about systemic reform in the first in a series of newspaper columns.
The following documents and links reflect recommendations based on the results of research on how Americans think about education and learning. Understanding what we are up against in the public square is important if we are to overcome the entrenched ways of thinking that will undermine our efforts to move student-centered education forward.
The following brochures and explainers are good models for what districts, schools and non-profit organizations might create to build public understanding of student-centered approaches to learning and system change. Please see Making Original Products for additional examples.
Deering High School, Portland Maine
A document that describes the high school’s remodeling efforts and its move toward global education, including its affiliation with the International Studies Schools Network (ISSN).
Founding a Local Listens Group
New Hampshire Listens, a project of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, has created a two-page summary of the common guides principles and practices for effective public engagement.