Welcome to the Student Voice Homepage!
WHAT IS STUDENT VOICE?Student voice is the practice of educators intentionally, purposefully, and systematically eliciting student viewpoints on a specific topic for improvement purposes.5 ELEMENTS THAT DEFINE STUDENT VOICE:1. topics are relevant to students2. students have ongoing discussions with adults3. students are involved in planning and decisions4. shared power between students and adults5. students are involved in the actions to address school improvement~Students from McQueen High School speak about the importance of having a voice.
Student-led Virtual Town Halls
November 17, 2020; December 15, 2020; January 19, 2021
WCSD hosted three virtual, student-led town halls in collaboration with the Student Advisory Council, Departments of Equity and Diversity, Counseling, and MTSS/Social and Emotional Learning on three topics: Distance Learning, Equity and Inclusion, and Mental Health and Social and Emotional Well-Being. Students facilitated conversations with the more than 350 students in attendance.
Here is what we learned from students:
Building Strength in Voices Mini-Conference
February 28, 2020 - Scheels Training Center
During the 2019-2020 school year, five elementary schools in WCSD built Student Advisory Council models as part of the Strength in Voices Learning Community.
Building Strength in Voices 2020 was an event to empower elementary students from those 5 schools who are actively engaged in organized student voice projects in hopes that they would leave inspired and ready to take on similar student voice activities in their middle schools.
Throughout the day, students participated in various activities to build leadership skills and self-confidence to further support their on-going school improvement efforts.
Students selected breakout sessions to attend that covered topics like how to effectively advocate for school change, listening and speaking skills, and the transition from elementary to middle school.
This event was planned and hosted in partnership with the WCSD Student Advisory Council and most presenters and speakers were middle and high school students.
5th Annual Strength in Voices Conference
The WCSD Student Advisory Council and the Student Voice Ambassador Club, in conjunction with the Department of Accountability hosted the 5th Annual Strength in Voices conference! What an honor it was to listen to students, staff and community members discuss strengths and opportunities for growth in WCSD! All breakout sessions during the day were student-led and supported by WCSD staff. Participants learned about some incredible SV projects going on in our district, participated in school improvement workshops, and had tons of fun!! Click here to read more about this event and to access conference materials.
Student Voice Resources
Washoe County School District educators who would like more information and support elevating student voice in your classrooms and schools can click here to access materials and schedule a visit with the Student Voice Coordinator.
Students who would like more information about how they can get involved in student voice at their schools can click here for ideas.
Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web-Accessibility
The District prohibits bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and/or retaliation in any of its educational programs/activities, employment, and employment opportunities. For the District's full Notice of Non-Discrimination statement as well as methods to address questions and concerns please visit our Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web Accessibility page.For more information, visit the Civil Rights Compliance Department page.
El Distrito prohíbe la intimidación, la intimidación cibernética, el acoso, el acoso sexual, la discriminación y / o las represalias en cualquiera de sus programas / actividades educativas, empleo y oportunidades de empleo. Para obtener la declaración completa del Aviso de No Discriminación del Distrito, así como los métodos para abordar preguntas e inquietudes, visite nuestra página de Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web Accessibility
Para más información visite Civil Rights Compliance Department page.