Student Activism

Young people celebrate the presidential election results in Atlanta. Early data on the 2020 turnout show a spike in youth voting, with Georgia, which faces a pair of senatorial runoffs, an epicenter of that trend.
Young people celebrate the presidential election results in Atlanta. Early data on the 2020 turnout show a spike in youth voting, with Georgia, which faces a pair of senatorial runoffs, an epicenter of that trend.
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School Climate & Safety As Election 2020 Grinds On, Young Voters Stay Hooked
In states like Georgia, the push to empower the youth vote comes to fruition at a time when “every vote counts” is more than just a slogan.
Evie Blad, November 13, 2020
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Austin Teen Coalition Co-Founders Mainur Khan, left, and Zach Moser, right, both 17-year-old seniors at Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Texas, are unable to vote in this year’s presidential election but have energized their peers and have registered more than 100 voters.
Austin Teen Coalition Co-Founders Mainur Khan, left, and Zach Moser, right, both 17-year-old seniors at Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Texas, are unable to vote in this year’s presidential election but have energized their peers and have registered more than 100 voters.
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Student Well-Being Casting Their First Ballots, Teen Voters Confront Pandemic's Barriers
From registration to balloting, COVID-19's disruption is adding friction for young people casting their first votes. Some are helping others navigate the process.
Evie Blad, October 16, 2020
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Equity & Diversity Are Strained Police Relations With Black Teens a Solvable Problem?
A leadership program for young Black men looks to confront racism in law enforcement. Corey Mitchell explains.
Corey Mitchell, September 23, 2020
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Equity & Diversity Opinion What Abolishing the Police Means to Me: A Student's Perspective
Young people deserve a say in how to keep their communities safe, writes high school student M’munga Songolo.
M'munga Songolo, September 23, 2020
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Why I'm Designing Anti-Bias Training for My Classmates
Schools are not preparing students to enter an increasingly diverse world, writes high school senior Zoë Jenkins.
Zoe Jenkins, September 23, 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
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Student Well-Being Video How Students Find Strength Now | Learning My Voice Has Power
Student-activist Brandon Griggs and Jacksonville’s Samuel Newby reflect on how to empower students to use their voice in their communities.
Jaclyn Borowski , September 8, 2020
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Student Well-Being Video How Students Find Strength Now | Becoming Independent Learners – Collectively
Principal Jill Gurtner and Matthew Thompson reflect on how a community can encourage students in the productive struggle of learning.
Jaclyn Borowski , September 8, 2020
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Student Well-Being Video How Students Find Strength Now | Supporting Student Leadership
Youth advocate Cristina Perez talks to student-activist Jennifer Belo on how to elevate student voice in times of crisis and beyond.
Jaclyn Borowski , September 8, 2020
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High school senior Diego Garcia speaks with attendees during a rally against the Chicago Police Department’s presence in Chicago Public Schools.
High school senior Diego Garcia speaks with attendees during a rally against the Chicago Police Department’s presence in Chicago Public Schools.
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Equity & Diversity Photos The Role of K-12 Students in Protests Against Racism and Police Brutality
As protests against police violence have continued, students have joined in speaking out against racial injustice.
Bridget Fetsko, June 17, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Video ‘The World is Watching Us’: High School Students Reflect on Police Brutality Protests
Following the killing of George Floyd, high school students across the country organized and participated in protests.
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Stephanie Shafer for Education Week
School Climate & Safety Collection Citizen Z: An Education Week Project
To better understand the role of education in America’s current civics crisis, Education Week has undertaken a long-term investigation. See the results of that work.
March 8, 2020
Seniors Jazmine Duff, right, and India Willis look over a document as they wait to vote early with other students from Walter Hines Page High School at a polling station in Greensboro, N.C. The field trips to the polls have spawned praise and controversy.
Seniors Jazmine Duff, right, and India Willis look over a document as they wait to vote early with other students from Walter Hines Page High School at a polling station in Greensboro, N.C. The field trips to the polls have spawned praise and controversy.
Eamon Queeney for Education Week
Curriculum How States and Schools Are Working to Grow Young Voters
States are tweaking voter registration laws for teenage voters and schools are busing students to the polls. Will these efforts help young people get in the habit of voting?
Sarah D. Sparks, March 6, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Opinion I'm a Superintendent. My Students' Activism Is Key to Their Academic Success
Instead of cultivating a generation of critical thinkers, we have grown a generation of disaffected test-takers and passive learners, writes Superintendent Michael Matsuda.
Michael Matsuda, March 3, 2020
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