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Ensuring Time for Professional Learning within the School Schedule

To transform schools, input from teachers and students about the school modernization process is critical. Administrators and teachers must be aligned to successfully influence school culture and policies that positively influence student learning. Additionally, for changes to effectively be embraced, students must be given an authentic voice to provide input on the culture and policies that affect them every day. Meaningful adult-student partnerships are vital to positively change schools.

Beyond providing a practical benefit to initiatives, involving students empowers them to address complex issues, such as improving academic achievement; closing current engagement gaps in gender, class, and race; and creating a supportive learning environment for all students. Along the way, students learn about the education process and participate in ongoing reflection about learning and teaching alongside educators.