Every student has a story – has ideas – has experiences – has a vision for what your school can and should be. A school improvement model like no other, The Voices Framework amplifies authentic, unfiltered, emotional stories from students that help transform adult mindsets on the topics of diversity, inclusion, student engagement and achievement. Are you ready to build an equitable and inclusive school environment inspired by student voice?
AMPLIFYING THE POWER OF STUDENT VOICE
TO TRANSFORM ADULT MINDSETS
Over the past five years we have built The Voices Framework. A school improvement model like no other, The Voices Framework amplifies authentic, unfiltered, emotional stories from students that help transform adult mindsets on the topics of diversity, inclusion, student engagement and achievement.
Through video storytelling and facilitated sessions, we connect with educators on an emotional level, guiding their hearts to move their minds. Hearing the real stories and real experiences from those who feel marginalized, drives powerfully constructive conversations, ongoing behavior change and improvement in student data. As you know, when a school’s culture improves, it raises the tide for all students and the community as a whole.
What our clients are saying about us
As a principal whose “why” is grounded in the stories and experiences of children, it is imperative for my leadership to bring about action that elevates students to have voice and design a school culture through student decision making. My work with the Voices Project was the fire we needed as a school to enact this change in our practices from our students.
This was not easy work. It pushed our beliefs, our mindsets and our attitudes and it tested the culture of our relationships as a community. Through this struggle, which is the only step towards a system of justice, we’ve come out with a a more clear vision, specific language to build the anti-racist institution our students and community has asked for thanks to the stories and voices of our kids.
The Voices Framework is grounded in a Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) Cycle, a system for continuous improvement. This system guides implementation from the initial planning stage through the time to take action. Captivate Media will lead all four stages with guidance from your team.
- Meet with building and
- Determine goals and focus
- Determine leadership team
- Create a project timeline
- Identify students
- Select students
- Communicate with students and their caregivers
- Build trust
- Schedule video production day(s)
- Discuss themes from students
- Edit the interviews
- Present video to leadership team
- Present video to students
- Finalize video
- Present video to small groups of staff
- Use video for facilitated conversations
- Use video clips to follow-up in PLCs
- Identify quick-wins
- Share areas of success and improvement
- Discuss ideas for potential long-term work
- Continue using student voice to aid decision-making
- Reunite students and select staff to share impact of video
- Discuss ways to use video clips to continue the conversation, internally and externally
JAKE STURGIS, APR
BENJI PEREZ GONZALES
The Voices Framework
A lot will be different this fall for the start of the new school year. How are you incorporating student voice when students may not even be allowed back on campus?
Every student has a story – has ideas – has experiences – has a vision for what our schools can and should be. It’s time we amplify their voices and listen.
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