Co-creation is an essential strategy for achieving equity in schools. Co-created learning environments and experiences are developed with young people, showing them that their voices matter in creating spaces of authentic belonging. In this audiocast, you’ll hear about Forest Park Middle School’s work to co-create their school climate and culture with students, including an interview protocol the staff used to understand discipline disparities.
Resources to Share
- Project for Education Research that Scales (PERTS) Practice Guide
Forest Park used applied tools from the Project for Education Research that Scales (PERTS) to assess the learning conditions in place at their school. This Practice Guide from PERTS is a helpful overview of how to understand and assess learning conditions at your school.
- Forest Park Empathy Interviews
Forest Park team staff used this interview protocol for empathy interviews with students to surface their perspectives and needs.
- Stakeholder Voice, Agency, and Co-Creation for Equity in Education
As a part of the COVID Education Equity Response Collaborative, WestEd held a professional learning session featuring two student leaders on stakeholder voice, agency, and co-creation.
By the Numbers
Forest Park Middle School
|Location||School District 91, Forest Park, IL|
|Number of Students||206|
|Grades Served||6 - 8|
|School Model||Traditional Public School|
|Conditions for Equitable Learning & Development||Personal, Learning Environment|
*Student Demographic data sourced from illinoisreportcard.com and nces.ed.gov. NCES lists Latinx as “Hispanic” and Native American as “American Indian.”