Many educators are looking for practical ways to create a meaningful learning environment for students. The primary reason is to create an environment that reflects inclusion, SEL frameworks, and academic success. Each of these objectives is important to the teaching practice and student development. More importantly, these creative opportunities also lend support to the diversity that is discovered through a student’s voice. For example, when a learning community utilizes students' feedback and experiences, the school community becomes more inclusive, intentional with SEL frameworks, and develops meaningful academic support.
Student voice has the ability to shape school culture, classroom dynamics, and teacher experiences. To help educators further diversify the use of student voice within their school, the Fordham University-PDRC is hosting a webinar series entitled “Empowering Student Voice”. This series will begin March 31, 2022 and be presented by Sara Steinweiss, NYS Education Consultant. Sara is the founder of Conflict Resolution Systems, which is an education resource that provides teachers and students with solutions to the challenges that exist within the Middle School and High School experience. The Empowering Student Voice series is designed to help educators diversify their approach to student needs and teaching demands within today's climate.
Through Sara’s expertise in teacher development and student solutions, she has curated a series that is intentional to the educators needs. For example, the workshops will cover themes such as how to utilize empathetic communication skills, how to navigate student transitions in a transitional climate, and understanding a language of calm that promotes self-reflection. Sara has developed a PD series that creatively illustrates how educators can diversify social emotional tools for student success. When a student is given the opportunity to articulate their thoughts and feelings, diversity and inclusion is manifested in the learning environment. Student voice covers a myriad of student development themes and academic tenets that can help teachers to effectively diversify the classroom and overall school community.