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 July 22, 2020

Here’s Why ‘Work Hard, Be Nice’ Isn’t Enough

I am a KIPP alumnus, former teacher, a life-long KIPPster and I am in full support of KIPP’s decision to change their motto, “Work hard. Be nice.” …

By Nathan D. Woods

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Posted June 9, 2020

Students’ Voices Must Be Central to the Way School Is Reimagined

With schools gone virtual and in-person feedback from students no longer possible, listening to students can feel harder than ever. There is always an inherent…

By Jen Wilka

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Posted May 11, 2020

This Student’s Story Shows Why Distance Learning Can’t Always Come First

Before we get started, I want you to really take a moment and imagine how it feels to walk in my shoes for a day:…

By Annie Moua

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Posted Apr. 8, 2020

If You Want to Know What Works for Students With Dyslexia, Ask Them

Imagine you are a mature, intelligent middle-school student who finds it difficult to write anything—numbers or letters—on paper in a way that makes sense. You…

By Anne Coleman, LauraMarie Coleman

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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 Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

Today Should Have Been Our First Day of School

For 14 years I have taught math at the same high school. The entirety of my career—three thousand students, eighty classes, 13 preps, five rooms,…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Aug. 6, 2020

White Teachers, Our Whiteness Is Getting in Our Way

Since the murder of George Floyd, teacher leaders across America have sought to prove the necessity of antiracism in public education. And rightly so: from…

By Tate Aldrich

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