As policymakers continue to rethink, reshape and reform systems, it has become vital to involve the appropriate voices in these conversations. Inclusion of the people who are directly affected by policy and funding actions in their communities leads to equitable growth.
This report centers student voices in the conversation about how we can transform educational systems. Students are most affected by education policy decisions. Their experiences and perspectives are invaluable to shaping the future of education. In learning spaces, uplifting student voice and leadership through arts education instruction can provide students with the transferable skillsets to express, advocate and have ownership over themselves and their actions. Educational institutions collaborating with families and communities to create safe learning spaces for students can open the door to students feeling as though their voice and perspective are valued.
About the Author
As a policy analyst for the Arts Education Partnership, Krystal conducts research on pressing arts education policy issues, contributes to AEP’s publications and provides support for AEP convenings. Krystal comes to Education Commission of the States with experience in education, legislative tracking and management. Krystal is dedicated to helping kids gain access to learning opportunities that match their learning styles; and she hopes to advance equity through her work researching and convening leaders to address pressing arts education policy issues. Contact Krystal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arts Education Partnership would like to thank the following students for lending their experiences to drive this report:
Katie Berglof, Washington
Ananya Bhargava, California
Meenakshi Kutty, Hawaii
Faith Lopez, Kansas
Martin Smith, Maryland
Mia Strickland, Florida