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 Mar. 22, 2017
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I’ve Got an Idea for How We Can Spend Chance The Rapper’s $1 Million

Chance The Rapper announced that he would donate $1 million to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system. The announcement is big news, and hopefully will…

By Jennifer Hartmann

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
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I Was Homeless and In and Out of School. Then I Got Into Ms. Russell’s Car.

I wasn’t supposed to be where I am today. People repeatedly told me, “You ain’t nothin’. You ain’t neva gon be nothin’.” I saw my…

By Yolanda R. Whitted

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Posted Mar. 17, 2017
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Our Political Leaders Might Be Sleep But My Students Are Woke

Leaders within our new administration seem to be embracing a revisionist narrative of our country’s tortured history with race that is at best uninformed, and…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted Mar. 13, 2017
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Social-Emotional Learning in Schools Is So Much More Than ‘Nicey-Nice.’ It Can Be a Lifeline.

More than a million U.S. school children are now enrolled in districts that have rolled out or are in the process of rolling out social-emotional…

By Victoria Clayton

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Posted Feb. 28, 2017
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Not Everyone Believes a Girl Like Me Could Become an Engineer, But Mr. Bass Does

Starting my freshmen year of high school, I enrolled in my high school’s new engineering program. The program consisted of three courses taught over three…

By Suliyat Olagbenro

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: Why I’m Celebrating Every Black Genius From City Blocks to the White House

We will never meet a Black child who is not a genius and there is no secret to how we support them: We first treat them as human and then we then support them with love. …

By David J. Johns

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: When You’re the Only Black Kid in a Sea of White Classes

Schools are systematically designed to fail minority students. The system tells Black students, in overt and subtle ways, they will never be as smart or educated as their White classmates.…

By Anjanique Barber

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Posted Feb. 13, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: The Teachers Who Worked to Get Me to College and the Strangers Who Helped Me Finish

There were a couple of teachers who looked beyond my aimlessness and lack of motivation, and instead saw a sliver of potential.…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Feb. 8, 2017
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Coffee Break: Denver Refugee Student Zahra Abdulameer on the Power of Inclusivity and Diversity

Zahra Abdulameer and her family came to Denver in 2009 from Iraq. She’s one of many refugee students who attend Denver’s South High School—a “welcoming…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Feb. 6, 2017
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After My Mom Died, I Thought I Would Never Work Through My Depression and Do Well in School

When I first heard the soul crushing news that my mother passed away, my entire body went into a state of numbness. It was 2012,…

By Zachary Dorcinville

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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If the Louisiana Governor Has His Way, High School Graduates Will Continue to Stay Stuck in Remedial College Courses

If Governor John Bel Edwards has his way today, setting higher goals for Louisiana students could be delayed by a year or two and possibly…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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Betsy, Can We Really “Uber”-ize Public Education? Here’s Why That’s a Terrible Idea.

This morning, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivered a keynote address at the Brookings Institution for the Center on Children and Families’ release of its fifth…

By Madison Gray

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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Coffee Break: E4E on Entering a New Chapter and Working on Reform From the Inside Out

Recently, the teacher-led reform group Educators for Excellence (E4E) announced a rebranding that includes an updated set of core principles and a new look for…

By Peter Cunningham

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