“Change toward more culturally inclusive content is really important to me—especially considering the lack of teachers who look like me.”
In our upcoming national report, we take the radical step—for us and for our field at large—of asking kids themselves about their schooling.
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.”
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.”
At only seven years old, I could tell the difference between teachers that cared and those that didn’t—I think all kids can.
Real student voice occurs when students are present, active, and an equal part of the decision-making processes.
How challenging classes, supportive teachers, and inspiring books are preparing 12-year-old Alana to become a civil rights lawyer.
Each year brings a steady stream of new opportunities and challenges for educators, and 2017 was particularly difficult. In the midst of it all, there remains one clear source of hope: our students.
Fourth-grade student Lewis discusses his goal of becoming an engineer, and why he wants more group projects (but not more homework) from his teachers.
A kid discusses how great relationships with teachers of color prepared him to succeed in college—and inspired him to pursue a career in education.
How a class project inspired a kid to become the next Albert Einstein.
A 10th grader discusses her dreams and aspirations—and how teachers can help her achieve them.
Andre was 14 years old when he first entered the juvenile justice system. Now, at 18 he’s working on earning his GED and is interested in pursuing a career as a psychotherapist. Hear him tell his story.