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 Sep. 8, 2017

If Politicians Won’t Step Up To Lead the Fight For Free College Tuition, Students Will.

Across the country, states like New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee are eliminating college tuition to help more students earn a higher education. But…

By Maxwell Lubin

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Posted Sep. 7, 2017

The End of DACA Could Mean Death for Immigrants Like Me

As a foreign-born citizen, I am devastated with the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Over 800,000 young undocumented immigrants…

By Edrees Saied

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Posted Aug. 29, 2017

Up Until Ninth Grade, I Had Zero Male Teachers of Color. Here’s Why That Matters.

For 10 years—the first decade I was in school—all my teachers were White women. As a Mexican-American kid, I didn’t get the chance to have…

By Jose Romero

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Posted Aug. 23, 2017

Chicago’s Solorio High School Showed Me Exactly the Kind of Teacher I Want to Be

What I loved about Solorio was that I really got to know the teachers. Teachers wouldn’t talk down to us. It wasn’t lecture style. We…

By Jonathan Patino

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Posted Aug. 17, 2017

I Almost Gave Up on My Dream of a College Degree But Now I’m Back at School

I wasn’t a typical high school student. Motivation was hard to maintain when much of my environment negatively affected me. So many obstacles and circumstances…

By Trevon Slaughter

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted July 25, 2017

10 Things Teachers Do That Drive Students Crazy

We’re in the heart of summer, a time when teachers are knee deep in professional training and contemplating how to improve their practice for a…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted July 25, 2017

I Did Not Want to Read Tom Rademacher’s Book, But Then I Picked It Up and Couldn’t Stop

At the advanced age of 20, I thought I knew what I liked in literature. It turns out, I was wrong. I’m not as passionate…

By Kerry Cunningham

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted July 20, 2017

We White Dudes Can’t Meet Our Students’ Needs Alone, We Need Teacher Diversity

An amazing thing happened in my classroom this year, and it had nothing to do with me. I was blessed with both a remarkable student…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Sep. 21, 2017

Ninth-Grade GPAs Predict Kids’ Futures and Chicago is Raising Them

Today, the Consortium on Chicago School Research has issued a new report that reveals all the ways ninth-grade GPA can predict students’ futures. Key takeaways…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrea Castañeda on How Tulsa Is Earning a Place on the Map

Andrea Castañeda recently joined Tulsa Public Schools as the district’s chief innovation officer, working alongside Chiefs for Change member Superintendent Deborah Gist. Castañeda brings with…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

7 Days Before Graduation My Student Disappeared, But That’s Not What Made Me Cry

I remember the first time I saw her walking down the school corridor like she owned the place. She did. She was known as the…

By Melissa Revuelta

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