This blog shares ideas, research and opinion about how to support great teaching and create vibrant classrooms.
When we tell students they have to "be this" or "look like that" to succeed, we are using our power to minimize and dehumanize young people.
An eighth-grader reflects on educational equity: “As I’ve started thinking more about my future, I’ve had to realize who I’m competing against: people with more resources, more exposure, and more support.”
"I feel like the school is taking advantage of me by making me believe my kids are learning, but the state evaluations show otherwise.”
Schools and Classrooms
“To me, authentic engagement means going out into the neighborhood and listening to people. Meeting people where they are, under their circumstances. Sometimes that can feel uncomfortable for folks.”
Let’s take a cue from “Black Panther” and ensure kids have role models who look like them, both onscreen and in the classroom.
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A 16-year-old discusses why graduating is important. “My mom cares a lot about me getting my diploma. Some of our family members didn’t complete high school, and she’s seen how hard it can be to improve your life without an education.”
At only seven years old, I could tell the difference between teachers that cared and those that didn’t—I think all kids can.
When working to improve classrooms and schools, it's easy to forget how much we can learn from kids themselves. We asked a fourth-grader about his school experience, and what he would do to make it better.
Systems and Policy
Real student voice occurs when students are present, active, and an equal part of the decision-making processes.
We spoke with the head of the National Indian Education Association to discuss how schools can be better supported to engage productively with Native communities.