Increasing student agency is a goal for many education systems across the country. However, understanding what agency entails and designing environments that nurture and enhance learners’ innate desire to be agents of their own learning, is an audacious task. In order to shed light on the topic, we are hosting a two-part panel discussion focused on the question: How can learning environments foster student agency, while accounting for variation in students’ readiness for autonomy?
In Part 1, we brought together a group of five researchers and organizational leaders currently working to understand and foster student agency in different contexts. Our panel included: Camille Farrington (UChicago Consortium on School Research), Charles Cole (Energy Convertors), Drew Schrader (New Tech Network), Mark Murphy (GripTape), and Dr. Ramon Goings (Loyola University Maryland).
During this panel discussion, our experts shared insights on how to support student agency, including suggestions like starting with small opportunities for learners to practice agency, building a dialogue of trust between learners and adults, looking beyond the four walls of the traditional school, and more. You can view the discussion below, or read the transcript here.
You can also find a list of additional resources here.