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. 26, 2020

Waiting Out the Coronavirus as a Third-Grader

Public schools in Washington, D.C., shut down in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak at the end of the school day on March 13, 2020.…

By Owain Williams

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Posted Feb. 12, 2020

Half of NYC Public School Students Will Fail Their AP Exams, So Why Are We Spending Millions to Expand Access?

AP (advanced placement) classes are designed for students to fail.  In 2018, just over 50% of New York City public school students who took one…

By Gregory Wickham

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Posted Jan. 28, 2020

My Family Didn’t Think We’d Choose a Charter School But It Turned Out to Be an Amazing Experience

I never thought I would attend a charter school until my mother decided to enroll me into YES Prep Public Schools in Houston. At the…

By Juan M. Venegas III

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Posted Jan. 21, 2020

Our Students Have Incredible Power. Let’s Teach Them to Use It Well.

Juan moved to California from Central America last year. When he first began school, he couldn’t recite numbers in English and could only count to…

By Jennifer Click

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Posted Jan. 10, 2020

We Have to Get Education Right for Black Students and Families in 2020

I’m just going to get straight to the point. In 2020—and beyond—we have to get education right for Black students and families. Point blank and…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Dec. 20, 2019

You Can Call It a ‘Lost Decade,’ But I See a Lot of Good Things Happening

WHAT WE GOT RIGHT: The spin never stops when it comes to education and it goes into overdrive with the close of a decade. Amidst all the hype of a lost decade and the need for humility from education reformers, I see a glass way more than half full.…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Dec. 9, 2019

Want More Student Activism? Be Ready to Listen.

The weeks preceding the holidays are busy for any school principal. There are evaluations to be completed and parent events that require attention. Yet, in…

By Andre Benito Mountain

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Posted Nov. 27, 2019

10 Books to Help Your Students Find the Diverse Voices They Need to Hear

The day my teaching changed forever didn’t happen in a classroom. It happened at the local mall, in a bookstore that was going out of…

By Heidi Crumrine

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Posted Nov. 26, 2019

These Are the Students Who Inspired Us This Decade

WHAT WE GOT RIGHT: With the end of the year fast approaching—and with it the closing of a decade—it is the perfect opportunity to look back and reflect on some of the stories we’ve had the privilege of sharing and amplifying over the years.…

By Joshua I. Stewart

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Posted Nov. 25, 2019

Here’s How to Help Your Students Find the Voices Missing From the Traditional Thanksgiving Story

In the elementary classroom, teachers often shy away from teaching a more critical viewpoint of “traditional history” for fear of how this shift will be…

By Erica Snowden

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Posted Mar. 27, 2020

Here’s How the COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Will Affect Education

Late this morning the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or the CARES Act. The total tab is $2 trillion…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 25, 2020

Real Talk From Parents Homeschooling Children With Disabilities

Parents of children with disabilities are already some of the strongest, fiercest and most exhausted parent advocates for quality schools during regular times. So sure,…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Mar. 24, 2020

COVID-19 Shows Why We Need Public Schools Now More Than Ever

“Mr. Kelly, what happens next?” As a teacher, I have heard some version of that question countless times in different circumstances over the years. However,…

By Patrick Kelly

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