After each of the students spoke, former Boston Public Schools principal Virginia (Jinny) Chalmers shared with those in attendance what she personally learned from listening to these young people.
Listening to students is a requirement for strong and healthy relationships at school. This means listening every day in every way. If a student can feel that their voice is heard, they feel supported to learn and achieve. We don’t often think of listening to students as the root to all achievement, and it is critical.
One of the most effective, and easiest ways to deepen administrator and staff understanding is to listen to and hear students. You just have to talk to them. Ask them what’s happening with their life. What do we need to do to make school a better place for you.