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This suggested reading list is a resource for individuals exploring 1) youth-adult partnerships, 2) action research, 3) youth involvement in school transformation. 


Student Voice & Youth-Adult Partnership

Beaudoin, N. (2005). Elevating Student voice: How to Enahnce Participation, Citizenship and Leadership. Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education

Cook-Sather, A. (2002). Authorizing students’ perspectives: Toward trust, dialogue and change in education. Educational Researcher, 31, 4, 3-14.

Cook Sather, A. (2007). What Would Happen if We Treated Students as Those with Opinions that Matter? The Benefits to Principals and Teachers of Supporting Youth Engagement in Shcool. NASSP Bulletin, December 2007; vol. 91: pp 343-362.

Cushman, K. (2003). Fires in the Bathroom: Advice for Teachers from High School Students. New York, NY: The New Press.

Fletcher, A. (2003). Meaningful student involvement. The Free Child Project.

Fletcher, A. (2005). Meaningful Student Involvement: guide to students as partners in school change. Seattle, WA: HumanLinks Foundation.

Glickman, Carl. (2010). The Teacher who Made Me Speak. Educational Leadership, February 2010, p. 70.

Glodwasser, M. (2004). A guide to facilitating action research for youth. Reacher for Action.

Intrator, S. (2003). Tuned In and Fired UP: How Teaching Can Inspire Real Learning in the Classroom. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Joselowsky, F. (2007). Youth Engagement, High School Reform, and Improved Learning Outcomes: Building Systemic Approaches for Youth Engagement. NASSP Bulletin, September 2007., vol 91: 257-276.

Mitra, D. (2008). Student Voice in Schools Reform: Building Youth-Adult Partnerships that Strengthen Schools and Empower Youth. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press.

Mitra, D. (2007). The Role of Administrators in Enabling Youth Adult Partnerships in Schools. NASSP Bulletin, September 2007, pp. 237-256.

Mitra, D. & Gross, S. (2009). Increaing Student Voice in High School Reform: Building Partnerships, Improving Outcomes. Educational Managment Administration & Leadership. Sage Publishing, 2009:37:522.

Toshalis, E., Nakkula, M. (2012) Motivation, Engagement and Student Voice. Students at the Center. 

Toshalis, E., Nakkula, M. (2012) Motivation, Engagement and Student Voice: Executive Summary. Students at the Center

Go to Sound Out for numerous resources on youth-adult partnership. 

What Kids Can Do had excellent examples of student-centered learning and youth-adult partnership. 


School Change Process

Baron, D. (2007). Using Text-based Protocols: The Five Rs. The instructional Leader, February 2007. p. 50-51.

Brooks, Robert. (2003). Nurturing Student Ownership & Responsibility: A Vital Ingredient of a Positive School Climate. Web Article posted December, 2003.

Cushman, Kathleen (2010). The Strive of It. ASCD, February 2010. p. 50-54.

Deal, T., Peterson, K. (2009). Shaping School Culture: Pitfalls, Paradoxes and Promises (2nd Edition), San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Fullan, M. (2001) New Meanings of Education Change. New York: New York Teachers Press.

Glickman, C. (1993) Renewing America’s Schools: A guide for School-Based Action. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publisher. 

McNulty, R., Quaglia, R. Tips for Using Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships to Improve Student Achievement. Americnan Association of School Administrators.

Sawchuk, Stephen. (2010). NYC School Built Around Unorthodox Use of Time. Education Week. March 10, 2010.

Schlechty, P. (2009). Leading for Learning: How to Transform Scools into Learning Organizations. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Senge, P. (2000). A Fifth Discipline: Schools that Learn. New York: Doubleday Press.

Wagner, T. & Kegan, R. (2006). Change Leadership: A practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


Action Research

Fielding, M., Bragg, S. (2003). Students as Researchers Making a Difference. Cambridge, England: Pearson Publishing.

Kewis, K.S. (2006). Twists and Turns in the Journey: Youth Activists’ Use of Research in Their Campaigns for Small Schools. The Evaluation Exchange, 11, (3).

Goldwasser, Matthew. (2004). A guide to facilitating action research for youth. Research for Action. Philadelphia, PA. 

Rubin, B., Jones, M. (2007). Student Action Research: Reaping the Benefits for Students and School Leaders. National Association of SEcondary School Principals Bulletin, vol91, no 4, 363-378.

Yonezawa, S., Jones, M. (2007). Student co-researchers: how principals can recruit, train and enlist the help of students to examine what works and does not work in their schools. National Associaiton of Secondary School Principals Bulletin. Vol 91, 322.


Student Engagement in Learning

Bridgeland, J., Balfanz, R., Moore, L., Friant, R. (2010). Raising thier voices: engaging students, teachers and parents to help end the high school drop out epidemic. A Report by the civic enterprise in association with the Peter Hart Research Association, March 2010.

Cook-Sather, A. (2009). Learning from the Student’s Perspective: A sourcebook for Effective Teaching. Boulder, Co: Paradigm Publishers.

Cushman, K. (2005).  Sent to the Principal: Students talk about making high schools better. Rhode Island: Next Generation Press.

Cushman, K. (2010). Fires in the Mind: What kids can tell us about motivation & mastery. San Franscisco: Jossey-Bass.

Fredricsk, J.A. Blumenfeld, P.C., Paris, A.H. (2004). School engagement: Potential of the concept, state of the evidence. Review of Educational Research, 74(1),59-109.

Intrator, S. (2001). How Teaching Can Inspire Real Learning in the Classroom. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Books by Rober Fried:

The Passionate Teacher (1995), Boston: Beacon Press

The Passionate Learner (2001), Boston: Beacon Press

The Game of School: Why We All Play It, How It Hurts Kids, and What It Will Take to Change (2005), San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


Neuroscience of Learning

Medina, J. (2008). Brain Rules. Pear Press, Seattle, Washington.

National Research Council (2000). How People Learning: Brain, Mind Experience and School. National Academy Press, Washington DC.

Sousa, D. (2006). How the Brain Learns. (3rd Edition), Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA.

Willingham, D. (2009). Why Don’t Students Like School Because the Mind is Not Designed for Thinking. American Eduator. Spring, 2009. p.4-13.

Zull, J. (2004). The Art of Changing the Brain. Educaitonal Leadership, Vol 62:1, 68-72.







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