Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award



Document Type



Educational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Linnea Rademaker

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Sam Stewart

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Karen Maxwell


For educators to improve instruction, they should listen to and learn from students, who are the central focus of education. While there is a growing body of research demonstrating the value of educators partnering with students to improve learning, there is little research on how to implement, diffuse, and sustain the use of student voice at the district level. There was a need for a model of district-wide implementation of student voice that educational leaders could model to implement a student voice initiative in their schools. The purpose of this qualitative study was to provide a historical narrative of the initial 3 years of the Student Voice Initiative in a major suburban Texas school district. The data collected included individual and focus group interviews with secondary educators, observations, and archival data collected over a 3-year period. The results of the study indicate that partnering with students to improve instruction has positive outcomes for both students, educators, and the culture of the learning organization. The analysis suggested that educators and students should have a knowledge base of the “why” and “how” of student voice, intentionally communicate the initiative, devote time to the initiative, and develop a culture supportive of student voice.

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