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Research Current Projects Project #297

Student Voice Project to Improve Sense of Belonging in Middle Years’ Classrooms

Project #297

Chantelle Balicki Kelli Fredlund

Summary:

Our project is designed to assist middle years’ teachers (Grades 6 to 9 homerooms) and administrators to learn more about how they can create space for student voice in an effort to improve sense of belonging in their school learning communities. Our research is student-driven. Our students will provide direction through weekly or bi-weekly student voice opportunities regarding what they feel is having an impact on sense of belonging in their learning community as well as ideas they would like to pursue that might address this.

We feel this project will not only have a positive impact on relationships and sense of belonging in our middle years’ learning community, but could also have a wider impact for other schools who would like to try our model or build upon it for improvement.