Students Examine How Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds of Teachers and Students Affect Classroom Relationships

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Laila Ibrahim and Amy Monroy are youth researchers involved in the Youth Action Researchers at the Intersection (YARI) project. They researched the question: How do the racial/ethnic backgrounds of teachers and students affect student-teacher relationships within the classroom? https://youtu.be/7Pxu0v6WTS0 Meet the Student Researchers Laila Ibrahim (she, her) Birthplace: Pasadena, CAFamily members: Parents and older sisterCurrent favorite book: A Brief… Read More ›

One School’s Commitment to Equity Using Student-Centered Learning

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We know that within the past year lower-income families have been relegated to remote learning with inconsistent or nonexistent internet service, improper removal from special education services, lack of suitable WIFI-enabled devices, insufficient or nonexistent childcare, food insecurity and innumerable other challenges. Comparatively, wealthier families have in-person classes, higher diversion rates to private schools, availability… Read More ›

Resource Round-Up: Talking About the Attack on the Capitol

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The following resources are designed to help educators have critical conversations about the attack on the Capitol with their learners, peers and within their communities. Resources to help your students Resources for Talking To Students About the Attack on the Capitol Children need a safe place to express their anxiety or worries and seek answers… Read More ›

The Resources You Loved in 2020

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We can all agree 2020 was a difficult year. But it did bring many opportunities for change, and Students at the Center has been here to offer a guiding hand. We hope you’ve found at least one thing to help you build a more resilient, equitable future for your classrooms and schools. Here are your… Read More ›

5 Lessons the Pandemic Has Taught Us About Student Engagement

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The original design of the YARI Project aimed to support a cohort of youth researchers at the intersection — those who are from historically marginalized groups and who also possess learning differences — as they interrogate the education system from the perspective of their lived experiences. By supporting youth with principles of Universal Design for… Read More ›

Researchers of Color Make All the Difference

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Educators across the nation have noticed the success of youth mentoring programs that emphasize the need for mentors who share similar stories as the youth they work with. We at the Center for Youth and Community Leadership in Education (CYCLE) experienced it first-hand this year at the different Youth Action Researchers at the Intersection (YARI)… Read More ›

The Critical Importance of Youth-Led Research

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Youth-led research plays a critical role in advancing student-centered education. It provides the opportunity to elevate student voice and transform an inequitable education system. Research, at its most powerful, combines methodological rigor with the openness to inquire from our lived experiences. Inhabiting this vulnerable place is necessary to provoke us to venture into uncomfortable spaces… Read More ›

Resource Round-Up: Motivation and Remote Learning

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I bet that if you are reading this, you are teaching remotely at least some part of your week. Keeping students motivated and engaged in this new learning format is an ongoing challenge. Below are some thoughts from fellow educators and researchers to spark some ideas you can try in your virtual classrooms. How to… Read More ›

Glossary of Education Terms

Get definitions and explanations of commons terms and phrases used when talking about personalized, learner-centered environments.

Commons terms and phrases used when talking about personalized, learner-centered environments, as used in Educator Competencies A – E | F – J | K – O | Q – T | U- Z Anytime/Anywhere Learning Students have equitable opportunities to learn outside of the typical school day and year, and outside of the classroom… Read More ›