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Student Voices

Assessment for Learning Project: Student Voices Installation

 

Education conferences are often missing one very important element: student voices. We were hired by the Assessment for Learning Project (ALP), an initiative working with schools, districts, and educational organizations across the country to reimagine assessment, to change that.

 

Over the course of several months, we partnered with ALP's leadership team and their grantees to create a beautifully curated exhibit showcasing students talking about their learning. ALP grantees interviewed students and provided photos and our team at Gather&Create took it from there. The installation was the centerpiece of a convening for ALP community members, grantees and other stakeholders in the education space. We were thrilled to play a role in bringing student voices to the forefront of the conversation and letting young people's insights and words saturate and shape the conversation.

 
 
 

"In my work, I often have the opportunity to visit schools across the country. In those visits, my favorite part is speaking to the students about their learning. I felt that the Student Voices installation brought that intimate experience to me with the bonus of being able to pause, reflect, and then hear voices from students at other schools. I was so inspired by the power of the installation, that I am looking to create something similar at my school as a rich way to engage our guests."

Khizer Husain, Chief of Staff, Two Rivers Charter School

 

 
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"The Student Voices installation at the 2018 Assessment for Learning Project Convening played a critical role for our learning community and our initiative's long-term goal of catalyzing a movement in public education. It provided an engaging and compelling collection of evidence of the great work being done in the field through our grantees, and it placed those students and their experiences at the center of what tends to be an adult-centric conversation. It is a prime example of masterful storytelling. But the work also demonstrates a masterful act of collaboration, taking the raw material gathered from 17 different sites and working with our team and your own team of skilled technicians to build something so powerful."

Sarah Lench, Executive Director, Assessment for Learning Project

 
 
 

"This has been an amazing project!! Excited to figure out how to keep building on it. Seriously, it was wonderful to have you as a partner in making it all happen. I think it was groundbreaking."

Tony Siddall, Program Officer, Assessment for Learning Project & Next Generation Learning Challenges

 
 
 Photo provided by Del Lago Academy in San Diego, California, a grantee of the Assessment for Learning Project. Del Lago students earn badges as a way to develop relevant and meaningful skills, dispositions and competencies related to life and career. In their student voice clips, Del Lago students talked about the uniqueness of their program and why it has made such a difference in their lives. We took a video provided by and created by Del Lago students and extracted the audio and edited the clips to include in the exhibit. Listen to it here.

Photo provided by Del Lago Academy in San Diego, California, a grantee of the Assessment for Learning Project. Del Lago students earn badges as a way to develop relevant and meaningful skills, dispositions and competencies related to life and career. In their student voice clips, Del Lago students talked about the uniqueness of their program and why it has made such a difference in their lives. We took a video provided by and created by Del Lago students and extracted the audio and edited the clips to include in the exhibit. Listen to it here.

 
 

"Listening...it was very moving."

Ellen Hume-Howard, Executive Director, New Hampshire Learning Initiative