Voices on the Ground:
Education Week Commentary interviews educators, students, and others to share their views on K-12 issues. Capturing a diverse range of personal stories and reflections, these videos offer a glimpse into the on-the-ground concerns in education. To keep up with our complete opinion coverage, please visit our Commentary homepage.
Growing Up In Violence: Youth in Chicago
Students living in urban in centers can struggle to make sense of the difficult circumstances around them. Youth Guidance, a Chicago-based advocacy organization, launched programs to support young men and women of color. (August 15, 2016)
Black Girls and School Discipline: Four Researchers Unpack K-12's Racial Bias
In four videos, education researchers discuss their perspectives on the criminalizing of black girls in American schools, including by school resource officers. (June 2, 2016)
'You Come Out Because You Can't Not': A Gay Teacher's Perspective
In a video interview, high school writing teacher Patty Smith discusses the importance of building an LGBT-inclusive school community. (February 17, 2016)
A Lesson in Humanity From Children's Holocaust Diaries
Alexandra Zapruder, author of the book Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust, discusses how children's accounts of the genocide during WWII serve as a powerful reminder of the dehumanizing effects of racism, bias, and prejudice. (October 27, 2015)
The Students Speak Up: What Bias Means to Them
One year after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., middle school students in a neighboring district discuss racial bias. (September 15, 2015)
Building Community Through the Arts
An artist-in-residence program at Four Seasons A+ Elementary School in St. Paul, Minn., is improving classroom engagement with a student population that includes deaf and hard-of-hearing children. This video is closed-caption enabled. (December 2, 2014)
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