Phoenix Forum is a time devoted specifically for student voice. Instead of a traditional student council, Phoenix follows the ideas of direct democracy. Once a week during Foundations class, our students and staff meet for a forum, run by two students using a loose Roberts Rules of Order. The weekly agenda includes, "Take a positive Risk" when a student volunteers a few days before and performs for the entire student body. We have had pieces played on our piano, original poetry readings, singing with CDs, sharing of research or Discovery Days findings, and many other varied talents or interests. We then have "No brag...just fact" where students share victories or ways they have been recognized over the past week (we have students from our entire community and 4 neighborhood schools so if our kids don't feel comfortable sharing this information, many of their peers and teachers cannot share in their accomplishments). Next, we have announcements and proposals shared by students, parents, community members and/or staff. Proposals come from individuals, groups or student committees. We have our student PTSA liaison take notes and share information from our PTSA meetings. Lastly, we address any new business. The students then close the meeting and declare being adjourned. Our students know that they have a voice in the continual improvement of our program and our daily life together through the use of forum.