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Student & Family Voices in Curriculum and Learning are Much Needed

There are many ways to engage students in their own learning–as it will look different depending on subject area, grade level, student population and school climate. A tougher question becomes this: how can students, especially chronically-disengaged youth, co-construct, co-implement, and co-assess their own skills-based, justice-based, and locally relevant learning and action? In essence, how will students help shape their own learning?

These tools can help guide the process. Below, you’ll find contextual readings, step-by-step guides, agreement-setting, supporting research, and various student-based surveys and evaluations. Use these to more deeply involve students in their own learning. Even let them help co-design the upcoming unit topic, major project(s), and forms of assessment! Also, encourage your students to read and contribute to the Root Knowledge Journal.