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 Jan. 19, 2017
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A Student’s Inaugural Poem to Trump

As I considered the 2016 campaign and election, thinking about how or if it should become central in my teaching or my classroom, I turned…

By Runal Patel, Seth MacLowry

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Posted Jan. 13, 2017
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My Students Have Already Fought Endless Battles to Survive Before They Even Set Foot in School

Earlier this year, my first year of teaching ninth- and 10th-grade English, I taught a graphic novel called “Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted Jan. 10, 2017
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I Had to Stop Blowing Off School So I Could Make a Difference in My Community

I’m not ashamed to admit that I fell into the stereotype of a student that previously never understood the importance of a strong education and…

By Mary Morel

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Posted Jan. 10, 2017
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This Is How Far a Simple ‘I Believe in You’ Can Go

“I didn’t realize what I can do and that I can make a difference with my actions. Thank you for showing me that I can…

By Alma-Delia Renteria

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Posted Jan. 9, 2017
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What Two Young Black Men Had to Say About the Importance of Reading

My students and I began reading “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” a few weeks ago. It’s a challenging read, vocabulary-wise, but they’re…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted Dec. 27, 2016
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The United States Is Bigger Than the President. We All Have to Continue to Work Together to Find Solutions.

Like many college students, I felt scared and betrayed by the election of Donald Trump. I am the daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants, family member to LGBTQ relatives, and a volunteer who helps…

By Mariela Martinez

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Posted Dec. 22, 2016
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16 Students Who Give Us Hope for 2017

2016 was quite a surreal year in many ways, filled with depressing world events, one too many mass shootings, multiple celebrity deaths, record-hot temperatures, bizarre…

By Kimberly De Guzman

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Posted Dec. 21, 2016
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VIDEO: Students of Color at America’s Top Schools Are Made to Feel Thankful for Just Being There

I recently wrote an article articulating my frustrations about fetishizing and valuing folks of color at elite institutions and wanted to follow-up with a video sharing…

By Doreen Mohammed

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Posted Dec. 15, 2016
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One Fight Almost Ruined My Chances of Going to College

“I’m sorry, Rikiyah, but we have to expel you. You can come back to Baker next school year.” My heart dropped out of my stomach;…

By Rikiyah Lewis

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Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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The Last Thing I Wanted Was Another Standardized Test, But I’m Glad I Took This One Seriously

As a busy high school student with a demanding schedule, the last thing I wanted to add to my plate was yet another standardized test.…

By Tanatswa Mashangeni

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017
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The Fight That Should Matter Most to Progressive Advocates for Children Is Accountability

In 2007, candidate Barack Obama stood before the National Education Association and made it clear that he supports testing, accountability, choice and even merit pay.…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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A Student’s Inaugural Poem to Trump

As I considered the 2016 campaign and election, thinking about how or if it should become central in my teaching or my classroom, I turned…

By Runal Patel, Seth MacLowry

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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I’m a Parent Fighting for My Children to Succeed

A parent first. That’s who I am, how I identify myself. My children are my pride, my joy and my contribution to the greater good.…

By Tafshier Cosby

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