Speak Up

Student Voice


Student Voice in Ontario Schools

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SOMETHING IS GOING ON…

“It's massive!”

“Oh this could be huge.”

“It's humonguous. I mean…”

“It's real change…”

“This is a very special experience.” [FRENCH ON VIDEO C'est une expérience bien spéciale.]

THERE'S A MOVEMENT OF CHANGE IN ONTARIO EDUCATION- AND IT'S BEING LED BY STUDENTS.

THAT MOVEMENT IS……SPEAK UP.

“It's students speaking up about what they want changed in education…not what the ministry wants, but what the studentswant.”

“They're seeing a different point of view – not the adults' point but the students' point.”

“Change is gorgeous and awesome and fantastic.”

“SpeakUp for me is a window for students to be part of the decision making; to feel like they have been heard in the education system.”

– AND WHAT'S BEEN ACHIEVED IS TOTALLY AWESOME! IT ALL STARTED AT THE STUDENT VOICE LEADERSHIP FORUM IN 2008, WHICH LED TO THE MINSTER'S STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL – I CALL IT MSAC. WHERE 60 STUDENTS FROM RIGHT ACROSS ONTARIO ALL GOT TOGETHER WITH THE MINISTRY. STUDENTS WERE ASKED FOR IDEAS ON HOW TO MAKE SCHOOL BETTER FOR EVERYONE AND THEY TOLD'EM STRAIGHT UP!

[SUPER ON SCREEN] What ideas do you have to make school more engaging for al students and to ensure all student voices are heard?

 “Students have fabulous ideas and we get to share them with the ministry, the school boards and our schools. We have these great ideas and I am really glad we have the opportunity to share them.”

STUDENTS WANT TO USE THEIR VOICE.

…above all, students said they want ownership for their education. They want to take responsibility.

“The future is going to be run by students in school now…”

“These decisions affect us so I think we should have our input as to what happens to us.”

“And we want to show that impact of our generation upon others.”

 “So basically, we had 600 ideas from before and now we have nine big ones.”

THESE NINE BIG IDEAS HAVE BECOME THE NINE STUDENT VOICE INDICATORS ON WHAT BEST ENGAGES STUDENTS IN THEIR EDUCATION.
 [SUPER ON SCREEN] Expand (based on student's ideas) the available co-curricular options to include enrichment, peer support, academic support and activities.
EXPAND THE AVAILABLE CO-CURRICULAR OPTIONS TO INCLUDE ENRICHMENT, PEER SUPPORT, ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND ACTIVITIES.
[SUPER ON SCREEN] Make the strategies designed to support student learning of life skills more explicit.
“The schools do have a lot of leaders within them. And these leaders just need something to spark an initiative and they will take over and continue on and do great things in Ontario's schools.”
[SUPER ON SCREEN] Ensure that the learning environment is socially inclusive.
ENSURE THAT THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IS SOCIALLY INCLUSIVE
[SUPER ON SCREEN] Ensure that the learning environment is academically inclusive.
ENSURE THAT THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IS ACADEMICALLY INCLUSIVE
“We love Wacky Wednesdays!”
[SUPER ON SCREEN] Build on the Student Voice initiatives in schools to ensure all students feel welcomed and empowered.
BUILD ON THE STUDENT VOICE INITIATIVES IN SCHOOLS TO ENSURE ALL STUDENTS FEEL WELCOME AND EMPOWERED.
[SUPER ON SCREEN] Provide students with the opportunity to give feedback on learning experience in order to achieve success.

PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE FEEDBACK ON THEIR LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS.
And I think that this is the best way to understand future generations who will have the same experiences. And we want to make sure that if we didn't like something, that they won't have to experience the same thing. [FRENCH ON VIDEO: Et je pense qu'on peut mieux comprendre les autres générations qui vont vivre la même expérience et on peut s'assurer que ce que nous on n'a pas aimé ne soit pas quelque chose que les autres doivent vivre.]
[SUPER ON SCREEN] Consult with students and inform them on decisions that impact their educational experience.
We're coming at it from our first-hand experience because it's things that we deal with every day. And that's going to be a different opinion than you hear from a parent council or a group of professionals who haven't been to school in a long time.
[SUPER ON SCREEN] Ensure that students' education experience is equitable, wherever they live in Ontario.
MAKE SURE THAT STUDENTS' EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE IS EQUITABLE, WHEREVER THEY LIVE IN ONTARIO.

“Speak Up. Operation Green Space”
[SUPER ON SCREEN] Commit to ensuring eco-friendly practices in schools and classrooms.
COMMIT TO ENSURING ECO-FRIENDLY PRACTICES IN SCHOOLS AND CLASSROOMS.
THESE IDEAS WERE SHARED WITH THE MINISTRY AND ALL SCHOOL BOARDS IN ONTARIO.

STUDENTS SAID…WE WANT TO SPEAK OUR MINDS AND GIVE FEEDBACK.
…AND THE MINISTRY LISTENED! SO FAR, REGIONAL FORUMS HAVE BEEN HELD FOR OVER 2,500 STUDENTS!

“It's really cool how the government is listening to us and calling upon us to say how we can improve education.”

“The fact that they actually want to hear my opinion and that someone actually wants to listen to what I have to say – that's a really cool feeling.

THROUGH THESE FORUMS, MORE AND MORE KIDS JOINED IN. THEY STARTED CLUBS AND SPEAK UP PROJECTS, SHARING THEIR LEADERSHIP.
STUDENTS SAID…

“We want to take education beyond the classroom and talk about issues that matter to us like equity.”

“…classroom culture, school culture, issues with curriculum.”

“Everything that is important to students all over Ontario.”

…AND THEY LISTENED! TO DATE, OVER 4,000 SPEAKUP PROJECTS HAVE BEEN FUNDED. THEY INCLUDE MANY FOCUSSING ON THESE EXACT ISSUES.

PROJECTS SUCH AS…

BEHIND THESE EYES, A COLLECTION OF STORIES AND POEMS WRITTEN BY A GROUP OF YOUNG WOMEN IN HIGH SCHOOL ABOUTT HEIR PERSONAL AND SCHOOL EXPERIENCES.

OR THE MEMORY INITIATIVE WHICH LOOKS AT STORIES WAR VETERANS HAVE TO TELL AND THE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TELL THEM.

“Down below at the bottom of the hill was what they call the Shamsung Valley…Excuse me” (cries)
OR AN ANTI-BULLYING PROJECT WITH THE LOCAL HUMANE SOCIETY.
“It makes me feel really awesome and amazing that people look up to me as an artist and a friend.”
“I actually feel something, like I actually belong.”
…AND ADULTS NOT ONLY HEARD, THEY STARTED MAKING CHANGES.
HOW AWESOME IS THAT!

“To all the adults who supported us – thanks for listening.”

It's great that they're open and listening to us and all you can really say is thanks.

Thank you very much. [FRENCH ON VIDEO “Merci beaucoup!”]

I'M MAKING IT PERSONAL HERE. I'M SAYINGTHANKS TO THE STUDENTS WHO'VE ACHIEVED SO MUCH FOR ALL OF US IN SCHOOL.

“You're all awesome.”

AND I'M PASSING THE TORCH TO THE NEW BUNCH OF STUDENTS COMING UP. SPEAK UP NEEDS YOU!

“There's nothing more valuable than this – this making sure that people feel their voices are heard.”

“Turn your dreams into a reality.”

“You're a person who can actually change the community and what's going on in the school.”

“We all want change to come and that it's happening”.

VISIT ONTARIO.CA/SPEAKUP TO SEE HOW YOU CAN SPEAK UP AND BE THE CHANGE.

YES, YOU!