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 June 19, 2018

I Didn’t Want to Go to KIPP But Now I’m in College and I Totally Get It

It’s 5:45 a.m. on a Monday in mid-August. The year is 2006 and my mom is rapping on my bedroom door. “Julien! Time to get…

By Julien Broomfield

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Posted May 29, 2018

One of My Most Conservative Students Shares What It’s Like to Be in My Class

My learning this year has been greatly assisted by a number of students willing to be honest with me. One of them, Alec, is the…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted May 16, 2018

What Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’ Has to Do With School Shootings

I know there are a lot of interpretations of Childish Gambino’s new single “This is America” and what it all means, but here’s how I think…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted May 14, 2018

Three Years Ago I Didn’t Speak English, But Thanks to My Teacher I’m Now a College Student

I arrived to this country as a refugee three years ago and Ms. Brandy Moore welcomed me at Central High School with kindness and support.…

By Knight Jean Yves Muhingabo

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Posted May 8, 2018

How My School Helped Me Find My Way in America, Raise Two Children and Be the First in My Family to Graduate

I was born in Congo in 1994 in the war that killed 5 million people. My family migrated to Rwanda to a refugee camp where…

By Feza Immaculee

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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 Nov. 20, 2018

This Thanksgiving I’m Thankful for All the Education Advocates Who Make Doing This Work Just a Little Bit Easier

Outrage: Distractions Y’all, I’m irritated. The internet stays failing us and we believe almost everything we see and hear without doing our own research. Over…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 20, 2018

Families of Color Have a Lot to Worry About, Teachers Doing Stupid, Racist Things Shouldn’t Be One of Them

If you’re anything like me, you’ve found yourself looking at your social media timeline recently and muttering “what in the world is happening?” In late…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Nov. 20, 2018

Poor Curriculum Is a Recipe for Disaster, Here’s How Schools Can Help Teachers Find and Use High-Quality Materials

Lately, I’ve seen a meme that keeps popping up on social media: “Telling a teacher to use a boxed curriculum is like forcing a chef…

By Kari Patrick

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