Student Voice

It’s Time to Listen to Student Voices

What’s the goal of our school system? To educate the students, right? Yet students have the least input on how they get educated. It’s the adults who get to decide.

Watch our video to hear student activist Nidalis Burgos, along with former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and others make the case for truly listening to students and engaging them in the process of creating more equitable education for all.

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Posted Apr. 11, 2018

My Dyslexia and Self-Doubt Were No Match for the Supportive Teachers Who Got Me to Read

I remember walking through the doors of Blackstone Valley Prep Middle School seven years ago like it was yesterday. I didn’t know anyone. The “gymnasium”…

By Mikey Correa

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Posted Mar. 29, 2018

For This D.C. Teacher, There’s Still Hope But Again It’s Deferred

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”—Proverbs [13:12] These days when you hear about D.C. Public Schools…

By Beth Dewhurst

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Posted Mar. 21, 2018

We Participated in #NationalWalkoutDay to Show How Gun Violence Affects Chicago Students

The clock strikes 9:50 a.m. as I sit in physics class. My teacher has given a momentum equation, but that is the least of my…

By Jada Hoffman

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Posted Mar. 20, 2018

How We Can Transform Schools Into Sites of Racial Healing

Students across the nation have joined in solidarity to ignite a long overdue national conversation on gun reform and school safety. So far, they’ve successfully…

By Jeff Baker

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Posted Mar. 2, 2018

Why Stop With One Wall, Mr. President? We Students Have an Idea That You’ll Love

Mr. President, we heard that Mexico won’t pay for your wall. Well, we have another suggestion. As high school students across the nation begin to…

By Cole Tansey, Jessica Tansey

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Posted Feb. 27, 2018

Here’s How the #MeToo Movement Is Continuing in Our Schools

In her Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey addressed young girls around the globe by saying, “When that new…

By Wyatte Grantham-Philips

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

Teachers Got Me Through My Dad’s Deportation. That’s Why I Want To Be One.

This post is part of a series by high school students who are sharing their love of teaching during #LoveTeaching week. The students participate in…

By Elizabeth Soriano-Salgado

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

There’s a Million Reasons Why I #LoveTeaching But Here’s Just One

This post is part of a series by high school students who are sharing their love of teaching during #LoveTeaching week. The students participate in…

By Payton Steensma

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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

I Learned That I Love Teaching While Helping My Own Parents

This post is part of a series by high school students who are sharing their love of teaching during #LoveTeaching week. The students participate in…

By Nancy Garcia

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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

I Know It Sounds Weird But I’m a High Schooler Who Loves Teaching

This post is part of a series by high school students who are sharing their love of teaching during #LoveTeaching week. The students participate in…

By Abigael Dillon

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

It Doesn’t Just Happen at Starbucks. Teachers Need Racial Bias Training Too.

Last week, two Black men were arrested for sitting in a Starbucks here in Philadelphia. They were waiting for a friend who arrived shortly after…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

ICE Took My Students’ Parents Away

In my classroom there is a poster that says, “Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and never give up.” This poster is more than some…

By Derek Voiles

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Posted Apr. 18, 2018

Here’s How We’re Giving Rich, White Families a Stealth School Voucher

Rich, mostly White homeowners are officially on welfare. I know. I was as surprised as you are. But millions of affluent homeowners filed their taxes…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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