Student Voice

February 2020
Vol 41, No. 1

Student needs are at the center of strong professional learning and excellent teaching, but student voices rarely are. This issue examines how students’ perspectives can inform professional learning and what educators can gain as a result. It goes straight to the source to share insights from student authors as well as educators.


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In This Issue


What do students need? Let's ask them.

Student voice can only make a difference if we listen and follow through with action.

Students as education partners

Kentucky student team bridges school policy and practice.

 Learning is a two-way street

A middle school in Cambridge, Massachusetts strengthens teaching by focusing on student identity.

 Learn to listen

Using student interviews to drive professional learning can improve instructional practice.

 See me for who I am

High school student urges teachers and leaders to develop their cultural competency.

 What students can tell us

Student perception surveys give teachers valuable data to change their practices.

 What I wish my teacher knew

Student journalists share how teachers can help students feel safe, welcome, and successful.

Student counsel

The Learning Professional asked young people what educators should learn from them and why.

 What do teachers and school leaders need to hear more often?

In this video, Tennessee students share their thoughts and thanks.


Shift the thinking load to students

Reflection tool helps educators promote students’ problem solving and critical thinking.

Through the lens

Examine this issue through the lens of the Standards for Professional Learning.


 Learning conversations

Nine conversation frameworks can help PLCs turn reflection into public dialogue.

 A different kind of book club

In “unbook clubs,” choice and voice fuel learning for Hawaii’s Teacher Leader Academy.

 Rebuild and reboot

A university-district partnership in California revamps a professional learning support system.

 ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: A bold experiment

Teacher leader program unites science teams across districts.

 ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Co-teaching as catalyst for learning

Principal and teacher collaboration in the classroom makes schoolwide change possible.


 Survey sheds light on the state of coaching

A survey of U.S. educators leads to insights on how to improve coaching’s effectiveness.


The latest research on coaching for literacy, teacher leadership policies, teacher attrition, and more.


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