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 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 Nov. 15, 2019

DACA Isn’t Just a Debate to Me

Growing up undocumented with immigrant parents, I was made aware of my status and the limitations it imposed on me. I learned to always be…

By Citlali Perez

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Posted Feb. 28, 2020

Our Kids Can No Longer Wait for Educational Justice, And They Shouldn’t Have To

I wanna talk about three things: movements, public education and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words foreshadowing what would be an ongoing and urgent fight.…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 25, 2020

Now That Trump Is Abandoning Charter Schools, Democrats Are Free to Champion a Truly Progressive Education Platform

I could be Bernie Sanders’ daughter. After all, my parents were much like him, children of Eastern European Jewish immigrants who settled in New York…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Feb. 21, 2020

We’re Teaching Black History Month All Wrong

News flash: We have been celebrating Black History Month all wrong.  Black History Month (originally “Negro History Week”) was started by Carter G. Woodson in…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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