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 ›

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 ›

Resource Round-Up: Peer Discussions

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We know engaging discussion with peers builds community, leads to deeper learning and motivates students. Figuring out how to create meaningful dialogue and get every student to participate is tough in the classroom. Finding new ways to do this remotely is an even bigger challenge. So, we have compiled advice from fellow teachers to help… 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 ›

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 ›

Japanese American Relocation Camp Resources for Educators

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When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the U.S. began making an enemy of its own people—people who looked like those who bombed them. Japanese Americans were consequently rounded up and relocated into camps in remote places, taking only what they could carry. Eleanor Roosevelt continually tried to appeal to her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt to… Read More ›