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. 26, 2018

It’s Time to Feel the Hope and Outrage

I want to start a movement where people of color feel compelled and empowered to advocate for better education. This is why I’ve spent my…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Apr. 25, 2018

This D.C. Program Put Me on the Path to the Career of My Dreams

I grew up in Southeast D.C. and graduated from Cesar Chavez High School. My family is big, so we usually hold our holiday dinners at…

By Arturo Evans

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Posted Apr. 23, 2018

I’m Sick of Being a Token, It’s Time for Some Real Student Voice

With the surge of student activism after the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting, such as student walkouts, students have entered a critical moment: Are decision-makers finally…

By David Goncharuk

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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 Aug. 17, 2018

Instead of School Supplies Give Parents a List of What Their Kids Need to Succeed

Last August I was visiting family in Oregon when I walked into a supermarket and by the front door saw a large sign that read…

By Samantha Brown Olivieri

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Posted Aug. 17, 2018

It’s Time to Transform Our Schools, and Teachers Should Lead It

I’ve always known the education system is a like a large, slow freighter. Teaching in a public school for two decades reveals to anyone that…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted Aug. 17, 2018

How Kunjan Narechania Is Working to Deliver Autonomy, Accountability, Equity and Choice in New Orleans

This is the third in a series stemming from a Chiefs for Change panel discussion at the National Charter Schools Conference hosted by the National…

By Leila Walsh

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