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Elevating Youth Voice

Elevating Youth Voice to Improve School Culture: Two Community Schools Share Their Intertwined Journeys (FDA III and Facing History School)

EXPO Workshop


tags: youth-informed, youth voice, elevating youth voice, attendance, continuous improvement, PDSA cycles

Lori-Ann Clementson, Community School Director at FDA III joined forces with Mike Jones, Community School Director and Kristina Wylie-Colmenares, Assistant Principal at the Facing History School to share the intentional steps each school team took during the 2018-19 school year to elevate youth voice in their schools, build students’ sense of belonging, and ultimately decrease chronic absenteeism. FDA III implemented a Passport Challenge—an attendance intervention where students checked in with staff daily to monitor attendance and build relationships. The Challenge was improved throughout the year and resulted in students attending more than in years past. The Facing History School shared social-emotional learning data with staff to elevate the need to focus on student belonging, invited students to share feedback with teachers on a student panel, and created space for teachers to plan improvements based on student feedback. These interventions were shared across the school teams and resulted in both schools implementing a version of the attendance challenge.


So, You Want to Be Youth-Informed? (iMentor, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, Student Success Network)

EXPO Workshop

tags: youth-informed, youth voice, elevating youth voice, youth leadership

Youth-Informed Data Collection

Data Lead Training, Skill-Building Session

tags: youth-informed, youth voice, data collection