Critical Civic Inquiry: Students Master Academic Content Through Rigorous Action Research Projects | by Ben Kirshner

Youth organizing groups in communities of color, often working in partnership with adults, offer rich and transformative contexts for young people’s learning. Young people investigate damaging or unjust education policies, develop promising solutions, and press for policy change in their schools and communities. In Colorado, for example, members of Padres y Jóvenes Unidos (PJU) celebrated […]

Dear Educators, Stop Being Jerks and Amplify Student Voice | by Carlos Hipolito-Delgado

Sometimes educators can be jerks, particularly when youth are trying to teach decision-makers (school board members, school administrators, or lawmakers) about the lived experience of young people in schools. Decision-makers can be dismissive, calling youth “cute” or “cool.” They can also be downright rude and ignore student voice altogether. In fact, the more the voices […]

Critical Civic Inquiry Curriculum Supports Transformative Student Voice | by Dane Stickney

For one of the largest high schools in a major western U.S. city, homecoming turned more nightmare than celebration, as young female students reported several instances of sexual assault. Enraged students called for something to be done. The school’s student voice and leadership team conducted research on the issue and proposed a solution: a comprehensive […]

Student Voice: Transformative or Symbolic? | by Ginnie Logan

Francis is the student body president. She has a 4.3 GPA. She is enrolled in honors and AP classes and has gained early admission to Stanford. She is a regular contributor to the school newspaper and a member of the varsity tennis team. She has also won 2 state championships in speech and debate. As […]