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The Student Voice Collaborative: An Effort to Systematize Student Participation in School and District Improvement


by Ari Sussman 2015

This chapter recounts the first 3 years of the Student Voice Collaborative (SVC) in New York City, a district supported student leadership initiative that engages high school aged youth in school reform work at school and district levels. Based on his experiences developing and running the SVC, the author identifies nine design and implementation principles that have made the group effective in supporting students so their voices can be heard by school leaders.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 114. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 117 Number 13, 2015, p. 119-134
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18279, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 10:47:38 PM

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  • Ari Sussman
    New York City Department of Education
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    ARI SUSSMAN is an achievement coach for New York City Department of Education Children First Network 102 and Founder of the Student Voice Collaborative (SVC) program. His background includes serving as a youth activism program coordinator, secondary science teacher, and high school administrator. His research interests focus on supporting YPAR (youth participatory action research) efforts in schools and around the intersection of student voice, school quality, and school evaluation. (Research products can be found at http://www.studentvoicecollaborative.com.)
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