How can schools motivate and empower young people to take responsibility for their own learning?
Each and every student has an active role to play in charting their own learning journey. When they do, they gain agency and a sense of responsibility for their own futures.
Schools must challenge all students to set ambitious goals for themselves and inspire them to work hard to get there.
Students need to be deeply engaged in the process of designing and continuously improving their schools—all students, not just the most confident and responsible ones. When young people get a chance to contribute to something they really care about, they learn and grow.
To make this happen, schools need to bring students to the forefront of decision-making—as informed, committed stakeholders. This will not only enable them to deepen their learning and relationships with trusted adults, it will improve our schools and communities. Youth participation builds essential, real-world skills and knowledge with benefits that extend far beyond the classroom.
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