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. 26, 2019

If Your Students Can Relate, They Can Read, So Give Them Culturally Relevant Texts

As a teacher, I know that to get students learning they must first enjoy the idea of learning. Teaching English language arts may seem easy,…

By Travon Jefferson

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Posted Sep. 18, 2019

Yes, You Can Have a Great First Year of Teaching, Just Ask Chicago’s Asia-Ana Williams

Last year, rookie English teacher Asia-Ana Williams became the poster child for Opportunity Schools, a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) effort to match teacher talent with…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 10, 2019

Here’s Why Awards Over Rewards Is a Better Approach to Student Motivation

Student motivation can be an elusive goal for teachers. We try to think of “out of the box” strategies to get our kids to feel…

By Nicole Greene

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Posted Sep. 4, 2019

Here’s How a Once-Bullied Kid Became a Fierce Advocate for Students and Education Freedom

As a kid, I was surrounded by people who were making awful choices—choices that led to many of my friends and family members being in…

By Walter Blanks

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Posted Aug. 14, 2019

Student Journalism Changed My Life

Every student deserves the chance to tell their story. Three years ago, to me, the daily proceedings at the vast majority of schools across my…

By Jenna Yuan

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Posted July 18, 2019

This 11-Year-Old Is Begging for a Good Education and a Safe Place to Learn. Something Needs to Change.

Since the release of the blistering Johns Hopkins report on the Providence Public Schools, the new state education commissioner, Angélica Infante Green, and the city’s…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted July 10, 2019

A California Charter School Gave Me a Lifeline. Don’t Take That Away From Other Students.

If charter schools had been an option when I was young, I believe my mom would have been wise to choose them for me, given…

By Jannesse “Dolly” Hunt

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Posted July 3, 2019

How This Music Program Is Helping Incarcerated Youth Tell Their Stories

More than 60,000 young people are incarcerated in secure facilities, residences and group homes, learning in alternative education settings designed to keep them in school…

By Kat Crawford

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Posted June 28, 2019

I Never Thought College Was a Possibility, but With My Parents’ Support Everything Changed

It is the week before my high school graduation. The final days and hours are ticking away, and I am anxiously awaiting the moment I…

By NDRE Thomas

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Posted June 21, 2019

Starting a Debate Team Helped Unlock My Students’ Potential and It Can Do the Same for Yours

After teaching middle and high school history for almost 15 years, I believe deeply that rigorous history education has the potential to empower young people…

By Andrew Jarboe, Ph.D.

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Posted Oct. 17, 2019

We Can Support Our Teachers and Still Call B.S. on This Chicago Strike

You know what? It’s a real shame that people can’t seem to separate politics from public service. Because if one more person comes on one…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 15, 2019

After 40 Years, There Is Still Time for the U.S. Department of Education to Become a Good Idea

Wherever you exist on the political spectrum, the U.S. Department of Education’s work has never been more relevant to the lives of families and students,…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 14, 2019

She Has a Plan for Everything, So Where Is Elizabeth Warren’s Plan for K-12 Education?

I love a woman with a plan! And, Senator Warren, it seems like you have a plan for just about everything. There are currently 50…

By Lisa Hollenbach

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