Voices from the Margins

The Young Lives Research Laboratory places the voices of youth at the core of their work. Using a research process conducted with, for, and by youth, the lab invites young people, many of whom have been marginalized and silenced in society, to learn while making their lives more knowable to those who teach and support them. This article describes two projects, each undertaken in collaboration with Indigenous communities, that invited and activated youth voice through conversation and artistic productions.

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Now I See!

Visual strategies are often key to supporting school success for students with exceptionalities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and learning disabilities; however, they also support communication and content area learning for all students in classroom settings, especially those who have difficulty processing verbal information. Research has shown their ability to promote the development of students’ self-regulation, literacy, and numeracy capabilities. In this article, Kimberly Maich encourages more widespread use of visual strategies in all classroom, and offers practical examples of how they can be applied.

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Building Capacity

The barriers that are encountered when new pedagogies bump up against traditional school structures can be both frustrating and disappointing. But new school builds and renovations, like those led by architectural firm Fielding Nair International, can increase the capacity of our physical structures to adequately hold new visions for education and enable educators to teach the way they aspire to teach. It’s no longer about creating a structure in relative isolation, hoping that teachers and students will be able to function effectively within it. Instead, the goal is to use current research to identify the specific teaching and learning practices that will support the highest aspirations we have for our children, and build a school that has the capacity to enable those practices.

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