In the March/April issue of Principal, author Felecia Nace proposes in her “Speaking Out” article that educators communicate to their students explanations of systemic instructional changes. “I suggest that information about educational changes be presented in a way that students understand the fundamentals and what role they are expected to play,” Nace writes. “If educators aspire to extract active participation from students in a timely manner, then it is imperative that students receive clear direction at the onset of the change process.”

Should students be active participants in school change? What do you believe are the possible advantages and disadvantages of allowing student input about new teaching and learning strategies?

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Children Can Push Initiatives Forward

I am an educational leader who knows the power of including students to make changes in schools. We always include children in changes by providing explanations of changes in language that is comprehensible and moreover we give students reasons why the change is important and what the personal benefits to them will be. Bravo on the this article! It works. I know because it's exactly the philosophy I subscribe to and we are able to get more changes implented by being "all inclusive".

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