Attendees throughout the day remarked on the benefits of connecting with others, sharing ideas, resources and the hopes that they will stay connected in the future. All school groups submitted actions plans after the summit to document next steps and future goals.
Nearly all schools acknowledged the need to assess and improve communication between students and staff. Many noted that patience and flexibility would be needed from both educators and students to make change happen and that strong efforts would be put forth to ensure all student voices would be heard, rather than those that only held leadership positions within the school.
Other parts of school action plans include the following:
- Creating a student voice mission statement;
- Creating an implementation plan for student voice as part of the school district’s 5-Year strategic plan;
- Establish peer mediated student discipline initiative;
- Making time in school schedule for student voice meetings and activities;
- Student life curriculum committee;
- Professional development for staff in advisory roles;
- Provide opportunities for student voice in administrative team and school board meetings;
- TedTalks type forum where staff, students or community members share experiences, ideas and thought provoking conversation;
- Community forums on topics like school violence where everyone’s voice and opinions are shared and respected;
- Student participation in town elections through candidate takes and exploring lowering the voting age for town elections to 16; and,
- Mentoring programs.