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Student Voice and School Governance

Distributing Leadership to Youth and Adults, 1st Edition

By Marc Brasof


184 pages

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While student voice has been well-defined in research, how to sustain youth-adult leadership work is less understood. Students are rarely invited to lead school reform efforts, and when they are, their voice is silenced by the structural arrangements and socio-cultural conditions found in schools. This volume investigates problems with the neoliberal school reform movement, and how youth-adult partnerships have resulted in more effective reforms within schools and community organizations nationally and internationally.

Stemming from an eight-year ethnographic study at a civic-themed public high school, the volume highlights the process of creating a school governance structure which produces active and informed citizens. Made up of executive, legislative and judicial branches, the program gives students the power to make, implement and review school policies and practices—a model that has found to effectively distribute leadership and trigger organizational learning, and is thus at the forefront of civic education.


"Student Voice and School Governance: Distributing Leadership to Youth and Adults, as a case study, is grounded in organizational learning, distributed leadership, student voice, and democratic principles as theoretical frameworks to guide school reform. .."Doctrina Perpetua", meaning "learning forever", is written on the wall of MHS’s Supreme Court room, and can serve to inspire all schools to not give up, but rather to keep searching and learning for models of school reform to emulate. Student Voice and School Governance: Distributing Leadership to Youth and Adults inspired me to do just that."- Sharon Wilbur, Ph.D. University of Oklahoma, JEPPA, Vol 6 Issue 1

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dana Mitra Introduction: Changing Change 1: Why School Reform Needs Student Voice 2: Studying Student Leadership Capacity Building 3: Introducing Madison High School 4: The State of School Address 5 : Reynold v. 1776 Post 6: Leadership Team 7: Active Citizenship Unit of Study 8: Modeling the Values and Behaviors that Encourage and Discourage Student Leadership Capacity Building 9: The Coursework that Spread the Principles, Beliefs and Norms of Student Voice and Democracy

About the Author

Marc Brasof isAssistant Professor of Education in the Department of Leadership of Education Equity and Excellence at Arcadia University, PA, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Leadership
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Students & Student Life