Though education systems across the country seek to increase student agency, 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 hosted a two-part panel discussion on this topic.
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 Adult 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).
In Part 2, we welcomed six young people currently experiencing a diversity of learning environments ranging from traditional public schooling to charter public schooling to homeschooling to out-of-school programming. Our Student Panel included Nyhirah Berger, Harrison Howard, Oswin Emerson Thigpen, Alphina Kamara, and Jane Wedding. The discussion was moderated by Yellow Hats League member, Jahari Shelton, who (in addition to being a junior in high school) is a founding Board member of North Star College Prep, a member of the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, and a social entrepreneur.
You can view each of these discussions below. In addition to these videos, we compiled a short summary of key themes, the full transcripts, and a list of additional resources in Exploring Student Agency: Panel Conversations with Researchers, Organization Leaders, and Learners.