Youth Participatory Action Research Hub

This site features a curriculum to empower students to begin Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR). Through YPAR young people are trained to conduct systematic research to improve their their communities and the institutions intended to serve them. The YPAR Hub, a partnership between the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco Peer Resources, houses the… Read More ›

Young Organizers United

This organization, Young Organizers United, is the only organized group of students focused on addressing systemic education issues in New Hampshire. YOU is a group of students attending high school in Manchester, New Hampshire, who believe that student voice is crucial in shaping and implementing policies that concern their education. YOU also believes that immigrant… Read More ›

The Blogs You Loved from 2019

Throughout 2019, educators and researchers from across the country have shared blogs about their goals, passions, challenges and triumphs working towards building and sustaining equity-driven and student-centered practices in classrooms, schools and local communities. Here are some of your favorites: 1. The Mastery Collaborative Approach: Student Centered, Culturally Responsive, and Competency-Based “As a community, the… Read More ›

Civics Education and Student-Driven Civic Action

In this article a Washington DC government teacher shares her experience using action civics in her classroom. Action civics empowers students to become engaged around issues of relevance to them. In this school, students created an advocacy group to spark city-wide conversations around issues like violence, housing insecurity, and mental health. This story was written… Read More ›

Amplifying Student Voice

This website was designed to introduce educators to action civics. Action civics projects empower youth to become agents of change in their schools or communities. They learn to identify issues important to them and develop evidence-based arguments to influence public policy. This website is full of practical tools for school and community-based educators. Teachers can… Read More ›

8 Ways Schools Can Form a Better Relationship With the Media

This article summarizes key takeaways for working with the media from a panel discussion at the TCEA 2019 conference. San Antonio. The panel, hosted by Chris Piehler of the public relations firm PR With Panache, featured EdSurge and other journalists from Texas. Panelists discussed how schools can effectively use the media to share their success stories. Media coverage… Read More ›

Could Giving Parents Homework Help Students?

This article describes a pilot program to include families in student’s learning conducted by the nonprofit, PowerMyLearning, at South Bronx Preparatory. Once every one to two weeks teachers assign family playlists, homework that includes two project-based activities, one for the student and another in which the student teaches the concept to a family member. This… Read More ›

Frequently Asked Questions about Social-Emotional Learning

This FAQ provides a quick overview of SEL. It examines the definition of SEL and answers some basic questions about how it may be implemented and assessed in schools. This would be a great resource to share with parents at a school beginning an SEL program or to share with new parents at a school… Read More ›

Supporting Youth Organizing: A Tale of Unexpected Insights

This brief, written by Algorhythm and funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, discusses the ways in which grantmakers can effectively support successful youth-adult partnerships. The report presents findings from an evaluation of 8 grantees and synthesizes lessons learned from the foundation’s youth organizing work over five years. Through this report, leaders at other philanthropic organizations interested… Read More ›

Center on Technology and Disability

The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD), funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services. These technologies have the potential to help youth with disabilities better access the general educational curriculum,… Read More ›

EdTech That Connects

This free, searchable market map features edtech tools designed to connect students—to new people, supports, and opportunities. This article by the The Christensen Institute, which created the map, provides a great introduction to the tool and frames the important potential of these tools to expand students’ networks and lessen gaps in access to social capital. The… Read More ›