Student Voice and School Governance
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Student Voice and School Governance

Student Voice and School Governance

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Dartmouth College Ethics Institute

Hanover, NH

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The NH Institute for Civics Education is partnering with the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth College to present a workshop for high school teachers on Student Voice and School Governance on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dartmouth College’s Ethics Institute in Hanover, NH.

The Council of Hanover High and the Site Council of Pittsfield Middle Hig are also collaborating on this workshop.

Professor Marc Brasof of Arcadia University will present on authentic student government during this day of learning. Stipends and professional development hours will be awarded for high school teachers (along with a team including a student and an administrator) who participate.

We are encouraging teams to attend this event. For example, a team could include a teacher/student government advisor, a student, and an administrator/school board member. If you're unable to find team members, you are still welcome to come!

Space is limited and registration is required.

Our agenda for the day:

8:00 a.m. Breakfast and registration.

8:25 Introductions: Martha Madsen, President NH Institute for Civics Education; Aine Donovan, Director, Ethics Institute, Dartmouth College

8:30-9:45 Professor Brasof will present his research on youth voice in school government and his experience with democratic schools.

9:45-10:00 Coffee Break

10:00 Board buses and head to Hanover High School

10:15 - 11:00 Witness a Council meeting at Hanover High School

11:15 - 12 Professor Brasof: Group reflection on Council Meeting.

12-1 Lunch, provided. Creation and Early History of The Council at Hanover High.

1:00 - 2:00 How has the Council evolved over time? Academic Integrity Policy and Restorative Practices at Hanover High School.

2:00-2:45 Pittsfield Middle High Site Council presents their process of creation and how they adapted Soughegan’s model to their own community needs.

3:00-3:50 Break Out sessions: How to begin to include student voices and create authentic student government in our schools? Identify three action steps you can take to start this process.

3:50-4:00 Workshop evaluation, requirements for professional development hours, stipend.

Required readings will be sent to participants in advance of the workshop.

Marc Brasof, Ed.D. has focused his teaching and research on organizational leadership and teaching and learning. Dr. Brasof educational leadership scholarship examines the role of student voice in school reform, how to distribute leadership to teachers and students, and create more democratic institutions. In terms of pedagogy, Dr. Brasof's research and practice centers on social studies, civic education, school-community partnership, and project-based learning. Dr. Brasof is the National Constitution Center's Education Fellow (2010-16) and The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement Education Fellow, developing national civic programming and materials. Dr. Brasof also supervises social studies teachers throughout the region. Dr. Brasof serves on multiple boards: Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies, Journal for Education Policy, Planning, and Administration, and Social Studies Journal. Prior to joining Arcadia, Dr. Brasof served as a graduate assistant at Temple University, teaching courses in methods in social studies; advanced methods; and courses on culture and community, curriculum instruction and technology in education. While at Temple, Dr. Brasof co-led the Cultural Fieldwork Initiative, Philadelphia’s first university-cultural institution internship for pre-service social studies students. Dr. Brasof’s most recent secondary teaching experience includes a number of years on the faculty of Constitution High School, a magnet civics high school in Philadelphia, PA, as founding and lead social studies instructor.

Learn more about the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education on our website.

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