The current pandemic has refocused the educational community on the power of young people to articulate their learning needs and inform a reimagined system of education that is more equitable, student-centered, and competency-based. This strand is premised on the belief that only when students have voice, choice, and agency can they build a strong sense of self-awareness and self-advocacy — all of which is facilitated when their learning is self-directed, learner-centered, and competency-based. This strand will help promote relationship-centered schools, build the capacity of adults to respond to the needs of young people, and prioritize student voice.
How can we center students, particularly those furthest from opportunity, as we operationalize our Graduate Profile? How can we leverage student voice, build student agency, and prioritize student-directed learning to breathe life into our Graduate Profile? How can we recognize student social-emotional and academic needs, affirm their lived experiences, empower them to work with others as a team or community to advocate for student-centered needs?