We developed a student consultant program at High Tech High Media Arts with the hope of meaningfully deploying student voice to support the growth of teachers new to our school. The model consists of student consultants observing faculty each week and sharing feedback during a debriefing meeting. These conversations at the heart of the student consultancy model have served as powerful levers of instructional change where instructors have utilized student feedback to improve instruction.
Participants Share Their Experiences
“Knowing that I had students that were on my side trying to make me better it was really encouraging. They were there to listen when I voiced my frustrations and there to encourage me to continue to do things I was doing well. You know so it was a very collegial relationship because they didn’t just pat me on the back and say great job see you next week it was always you are doing this really well I saw you trying to do this think about doing that and I was constantly reflecting on what I was doing in the classroom the more we had those conversations.” Cooperating Teacher
“It made me a better student through perspective. Being a student consultant you spend a lot of time with your teacher and you see education through their lens. It makes you change because you realize everything you are doing is for a reason.” Student Consultant
“Students are the ones who are going to be in this class they are the ones this experience is going to matter to. They’re the people we are doing this for were not doing this for the administration we’re doing this for the students.” Cooperating Teacher
“It (student consulting) means that you help your teacher grow and that you build a relationship of trust and respect with each other.” Student Consultant