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Tackling the Engagement Gap

Sean Slade | Posted 08.29.2016 | Education
Sean Slade

What would happen if we focused on the process of learning rather than just the metric to judge it by? Would it change that much? Probably.

Podcast: Students Say 'We Don't Want to Become Robots'

Jennifer Berkshire | Posted 05.07.2016 | Education
Jennifer Berkshire

Have You Heard heads to Lawrence, MA, the poorest city in the state, to meet some students who've spent the last 6 months talking to their peers acros...

What in the World is Slave-Tag?

Andrew Brennen | Posted 02.02.2017 | Education
Andrew Brennen

In an attempt to teach slavery, one Philadelphia teacher created an activity where he designated certain students in the class as slaves and certain students as slave owners. It didn't take long for students to determine that there was something more than a little bit wrong with "slave-tag," and they spoke out.

Beyond Planning Prom--Connecting the Resurgent Student Voice Movements Across the Country

Andrew Brennen | Posted 12.17.2016 | Education
Andrew Brennen

As organizers for student-led advocacy organizations, we have directly seen and heard from thousands of young people who are ready to be more than just passive consumers of our schools. We are beginning to realize that we can and should be active agents of our education destiny.

11 Rights All Students (Should) Have

GenDIY | Posted 06.09.2016 | Education

Erik Martin It's rare that students get to inform education policy decisions, much less influence how our schools run. Many decisions are made f...

Youth Empowerment Matters

Alexis Glick | Posted 05.13.2016 | Education
Alexis Glick

We know that empowering youth can be as simple as listening to them. And when youth are actively engaged in a problem that concerns them, outcomes are better.

The Disenfranchised Changemakers

Zak Malamed | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Zak Malamed

The most disrespectful thing you can say to young people is, "you are the leaders of tomorrow." This creates a self-fulfilling prophecy where young people are stigmatized to believe that there is a minimum age for being capable of changing the world.

The Millennial Generation and the Civil Rights Movement

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

The obligation to propel Dr. King's message of social equity into the modern day rests on the shoulders of this generation.

Our Student Voice to Discover

Zak Malamed | Posted 06.01.2013 | Impact
Zak Malamed

We came together because we believed in the platform that social media provided us with. We came together because we believed we could share the platform that we were using to exercise our student voice with all students.

Education Reform Is Becoming a Revolution

Josh Birdwell | Posted 05.27.2013 | College
Josh Birdwell

Our voices matter because we are the most heavily affected by choices made in education policy and curriculum. I refuse to be simply a number who passed all of his End of Instruction tests (EOIs) and met the requirements.

Student Voice: Situational? Optional? Or Essential?

Clement Coulston | Posted 05.25.2013 | College
Clement Coulston

Students are talking, but is anyone listening? Many express they want change and say they are supporting students, but do we value only what correlates with our ideas?

Imagining Students as the Solution: Redefining Youth, Starting With 'Our' Stories

Theresa Soares | Posted 05.22.2013 | College
Theresa Soares

Tomorrow, my generation will inherit the issues of today. We can't begin to solve the problems of today, if we don't include the voices of the participants, organizers, and leaders of tomorrow. To every administrator in every sector: are you prepared to listen to the stories of your youth?

Six U.S. Senators Call for Creation of a Presidential Youth Council

Alex Wirth | Posted 02.05.2013 | College
Alex Wirth

We are on the doorstep of a new era in politics -- one where young people matter. This week six U.S. Senators from both sides of the aisle introduced Senate Resolution 608 supporting the establishment of a Presidential Youth Council.

Student Advice For Hiring Teachers

Meg Campbell | Posted 08.10.2011 | Education
Meg Campbell

Students say hire teachers who know and love their subject matter, have demonstrated classroom teaching experience and enjoy spending time with children and adolescents.

A Conversation with my Students

Karl Fisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Karl Fisch

I think we sometimes forget one of the most important conversations we need to be having -- the one with our students.

Student Feedback: A Missing Link in Education Reform

Valerie Threlfall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Valerie Threlfall

Why aren't we asking students themselves how to make our schools work better? Is it ridiculous to think that student feedback could actually play a significant role in shaping education reform?