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The Students’ Voice: Empowering Transformation

Pernille Rip


The Students’ Voice: Empowering Transformation

Tom Murray, State and District Digital Learning Director, Alliance for Excellent Education
Pernille Ripp, Teacher, Oregon Middle School, Oregon, Wisconsin

On November 17, 2014, the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a webinar in its Project 24 leadership series. Project 24 is a systemic planning framework around the effective use of technology and digital learning to achieve the goal of college and career readiness for all students. This webinar focused on one of the most important things in education right now: the students’ voice.

Do we really listen to the voices of those who go through our educational system or are we excluding them from the debate? Classroom teacher and author, Pernille Ripp, discussed how to empower students, give them a voice, and make changes that will directly affect them every day. The time for student empowerment is now, and the myriad of tech tools available are making it easier than ever.

In a discussion with Tom Murray, Mrs. Ripp discussed

  • Ideas for including the students’ voice in classroom setup, planning, and outcome
  • Technology tools to bring the students’ voice out into the world
  • Stories of how the students’ voice can transform education

Mrs. Ripp gave her students a voice for four years and they, in turn, made her a better teacher. Their stories have the potential to transform teaching practices and inspire changes for those who are ready. Mrs. Ripp and Mr. Murray also took questions from webinar viewers and shared ideas for making the students’ voice not just something to discuss, but something to act upon.

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    Κατερίνα Ντίμου
    Posted 6 years ago

    Pernille has talked to my heart because I have to face the same problems with the students’parents.

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