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Student Well-Being Opinion

How Students Find Strength Now: An Opinion Project

The education field has been criticized for focusing too narrowly on a set of academic skills and disciplines, reinforced through standardized assessments, accountability measures, and other policy levers, but with the rise of the pandemic this spring and the national fight for racial justice, schools were forced to evolve quickly. At the same time, young people have been encountering death, food insecurity, trauma, and unemployment in their own homes all while getting a front seat to how democracy is—or isn’t—working for them. What has this meant for their educational experiences?

Many of those young people are displaying inner reserve, resiliency, self-regulation, leadership, service, and citizenship in ways that no one could have anticipated. In the essays and videos below, educators, students, and researchers explore how students have carved their own paths in recent months.

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Taylor Callory for Education Week
School Climate & Safety Opinion A Back-to-School Plan Built Around Student Connection
There's a lot we can't control this year, writes principal Jill Gurtner. Here's what we can.
Jill Gurtner, September 9, 2020
4 min read
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Student Well-Being Opinion What Happens When Students Have Ownership Over Their Success
Young people are experts in their own lives, writes Nicole Williams Beechum. Start treating them that way.
Nicole Williams Beechum, September 9, 2020
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School & District Management Opinion How I Found My Confidence as a Teen Activist
Adults have a role to play in helping, rather than discouraging, student-activists like me, writes Brandon Griggs.
Brandon Griggs, September 9, 2020
3 min read
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Student Well-Being Opinion Students Deserve a Voice in Our Pandemic Response. Here's How to Give It to Them
The pandemic has underscored the need for student leadership, writes Robyn Lingo. What does that mean for schools?
Robyn Lingo, September 9, 2020
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Taylor Callory for Education Week
School Climate & Safety Opinion The Case for Continuing School Sports Remotely
Coaches can still help students find the benefits of youth athletics remotely, writes principal Patrick Burke.
Patrick Burke, September 9, 2020
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