I disagree with posing student and teacher rights as binary opposites. Every student, in every public school in America, deserves a quality teacher. Every teacher deserves to be treated like a true professional—which includes having due process before losing one’s position or teaching credentials. Doing the latter actually helps ensure the former.
Student voice is “the instrument of change” in education, Russell Quaglia, president and founder of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, told ASCD conference attendees. Quaglia shared three steps to help schools amplify student voice, including building self-worth, engagement and purpose. “You need to amplify the voices of people, and I’m talking young people. They are our greatest resource,” he said.
If you had the power to change your education, what would you do?
For the first time ever, leaders from K-12 student unions, like the Chicago Students Union, Newark Students Union, Portland Student Union, and Providence Student Union, will all be in the same room this Saturday at USC, sharing their stories of student organizing for educational justice with students in the LA community and working with them to build the student power movement. Over 175 students in LA have already registered for the event. Be sure to tune into the livestream at 10 AM PST to witness student voice in action! This is one event you won’t want to miss.
Livestream is embedded on our website: http://empowerED2014.com/
As some of you may remember, last year I published a “List of 2012 Student Protests Regarding Education in the U.S.” list. Since this post was such a huge hit and received a lot of continuous support last year, I knew I had to make sure I did it again. This year I wanted to take it further than just issues regarding education, and include all the beautiful student power. Especially with the National Student Power Convergence coming up in August, I knew I had to get this list out there soon hoping as many of these students can make it out to Wisconsin this summer. With that being said, all of you–students and student allies–should check it out, register, and attend if you can! I wouldn’t be who I am without it, and you can read why here.
Well, moving right along, here is a quick summary of the list and the list itself right below organized by category. I know for sure I must be missing some actions (the only ones on this list are actions students reported to me, as well as the ones I could find with Google). So, if you know of a action that’s not included here, please e-mail me ASAP with the deetz so I can get it up (SRRivera92@gmail.com).
Alright, well I’ll stop rambling and give you the goods after one more thing. To all the fellow students reading this, thank you for all the trouble-making, organizing, and agitating you all are doing to fight for a better world. Love & solidarity forever, and I can’t wait to reunite and meet all of you in August.
From our good friend Stephanie Rivera (http://teacherunderconstruction.com)
An amazing list of protests on a wide array of causes!
Fifteen students from the Bronx. A summer of connected learning that could change their lives — and change the way kids learn all across America. This summer the New York City Writing Project (NYCWP) at Lehman College, CUNY will host a Youth VoicesSummer Program from July 8 through 25, 2013.
Too often in school, students are told what and how to learn. We think learning happens best when youth are given more freedom to follow their own dreams, explore and research their own questions, and publish for their peers. We have an opportunity to do just that this summer.
But we need your help. A tax-deductible contribution from you will support this program. Every contribution, no matter how small, will help make our summer happen.