June 28, 2018
Outgoing board member Malcolm Davis recently made an important point about youth leadership: “My voice is not only valid when I sing the praises of the board. It’s valid when I speak against it and disagree with something.” We couldn’t agree more.
June 13, 2018
As students across the country have graduated from high school, we know that the transition into the “real world” can be a challenge. Here are 10 tips that will help make the transition a little easier.
June 13, 2018
Twenty-three states have moved to pass legislation to increase the number of law enforcement officers in schools. But at a recent listening session on school safety, young people explained why this is a bad idea.
May 31, 2018
To make matters worse, coaches and peers encouraged me to continue playing sports because it could pay for my education. So I spent countless hours and days training and practicing in different sports, hoping to land an athletic scholarship…which took away from any participation in extracurricular activities and volunteering experience that aligns with my current career aspirations.
May 21, 2018
“I’ve always thought that we need to prepare our students for the world, but I’m learning so quickly that we need to prepare the world for our students,” said Christina Cody, a science teacher and founder of the youth health initiative FIT2gether, at the recent Atlantic Education Summit.
April 04, 2018
Though students at Thurgood Marshall Academy see the recent March for Our Lives rally as a symbolic moment, they know that long-term change takes time. After all, their school gets its name from the man who helped make school segregation illegal and challenged the separate but equal doctrine on which it stood for more than half a century.
March 08, 2018
It’s a common, easy thing to dismiss young people who demand a better world than the one they were born into as arrogant, spoiled, and even naïve. Yet the Parkland students and too many other young people like them have survived extreme trauma and emerged braver, wiser, and more mature than anyone should have to be at their age. That does make them entitled—to share their story, get an education without fearing for their lives, and, one would hope, have adults listen.
February 28, 2018
Much has been written about the problems with zero-tolerance discipline policies, but there’s another practice in Minnesota that contributes to school pushout without the attention: suspending or expelling students for “discretionary violations.” Under Minnesota Law, educators can dismiss youth if the “willful conduct...significantly disrupts the rights of others to an education.” There are a few major problems with this.
November 02, 2017
In the spring of my junior year of high school, I planned a meeting with my guidance counselor. We were set to go over my college application plans in preparation for the upcoming school year.
October 26, 2017
“My advice for adults would be to foster healthy, supportive, and trustworthy relationships with young people from the beginning. Once the trust is there, adults can mentor young people in finding their passion and guide them through the process of developing into successful young adults.”