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TNTP Re-imagine Teaching

Let the Kids Speak: Roshely, High School Student from New York City

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.”

Editorial Staff

I’m an Ignored Student at an Ignored School, and I’m Reclaiming My Voice

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.”

Julie Hajducky

Why Some Teachers Helped Me Succeed, And Some Didn’t

At only seven years old, I could tell the difference between teachers that cared and those that didn’t—I think all kids can.

Niara Riddick

A Student Asks: ‘Are Decision Makers Finally Going to Listen to Us?’

Real student voice occurs when students are present, active, and an equal part of the decision-making processes.

David Goncharuk

Let the Kids Speak: Alana, Seventh Grader from Baton Rouge

How challenging classes, supportive teachers, and inspiring books are preparing 12-year-old Alana to become a civil rights lawyer.

Alana W., Seventh Grade Student

Favorite Thinkers 2017: Students Get the Last Word

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.

Dan Weisberg

Let the Kids Speak: Lewis, Fourth Grader from Oregon

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.

Lewis, Fourth Grade Student

Let the Kids Speak: Jose, 12th Grader From New York City

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.

Jose Romero

Let the Kids Speak: Kolton, Third Grader from Colorado

How a class project inspired a kid to become the next Albert Einstein.

Kolton, Third Grade Student

Let the Kids Speak: Kayla, 10th Grader from Philadelphia

A 10th grader discusses her dreams and aspirations—and how teachers can help her achieve them.

Kayla, 10th Grade Student

Teaching Kids to Make History

Today we revisit one of our Room to Run classrooms as they learn our country’s history of working together for social progress—and the relevance of that history today.

Editorial Staff

Why It Matters to Have Teachers That Look Like Me

A Mexican American high schooler discusses having only white female teachers for the first ten years of school—and how seeing males of color lead the classroom inspired his goal to one day lead a classroom of his own.

Jose Romero

A Formerly Incarcerated Teen Gives Advice to His Younger Self

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.

Marvin Pierre

How Six Kids Respond to Bullying

We asked six Philadelphia kids what they do when they see a classmate being bullied. Here's what they had to say.

Editorial Staff

TNTP’s Favorite Thinkers 2016: Student Edition

To close out the year, we revisited three students we met in 2016 to get some candid reflections on what they think is working in their schools—and what they’d like to see change in 2017.

Dan Weisberg

Why My Teacher Deserves the Fishman Prize

Do you know a teacher who builds strong relationships with students and pushes them to reach their potential? Nominate them for the Fishman Prize today.

Using Student Voice to Transform the Classroom

2016 Fishman Prize winner Evelyn Rebollar strikes a unique balance of community and rigor in her Bronx classroom, helping students succeed and grow emotionally.

Evelyn Rebollar

What’s Possible When Kids Are Challenged in School? Ask the Kids.

Meet students from five classrooms who show what’s possible when kids get the challenging schoolwork they deserve.

Dan Weisberg

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