Personalized Learning Strategy:

Bring Students to the Table for School Decisions

NOTE: This strategy is part of the self-paced Amplify Learner Voice Course

Asking students their opinions about decisions that affect them in their school community is a great place to start listening to learners. However, taking it a step further puts students at the decision making table. Inviting students to participate in school or district-wide decisions by being on the board, a part of a student government or on an ongoing advisory council gives them a direct way to influence decisions that affect them and their peers.

Bright Spots

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Student Board Members


Anne Arundel County in Maryland has a student member of the board who has full voting power like their adult counterparts. Students are elected by the regional association of student councils and appointed by the governor.

Student Advisory Council

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Student advisory councils and student voice retreats at Washoe County School District.

Student-Led Government


Nova High School is “democratically governed by committees made up of students, teachers, parents, guardians, alumni, principal, and staff. School matters are addressed by the entire community. All have a voice and a vote on issues including managing the budget, changing class schedules and activities, staff hiring, and changing the governing system itself. Students can also participate in or create Committees for credit and fun.”


Inspired? Use the resources below to bring this learner-centered strategy to your learning community.

🧰 Take a Seat-a student-led initiative to create more student positions on school boards

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Associated Learner-Centered Competencies:

Engage students as problem solvers

Engage learners as decision-makers: I provide opportunities for learners to engage in classroom or school-based decision-making.