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  • Frankle

    glad that's working for you - when I ask my tech college students (mostly 18-25yos) - a lot of them respond with - 'huh ? ... mumble, mumble (incoherent) ...'

    when I ask for examples - most of them have no work experience so stare at me blank-faced as if waiting to be spoon-fed the next pearl of wisdom

    so I'll guess your idea - while beautiful in theory - in execution may fall somewhere between the green/sustainable marketers experience of 'you told me you'd pay more for green products, but then you just went and bought the cheapest' and Steve Jobs and others' observation that customers can instantly tell you what they Don't like, but typically can't really tell you what they want until you give it to them ...

  • Deb Mills-Scofield

    Hannah - do you know of/heard of The Business Innovation Factory in providence, ri? ( - they are doing fabulous things with students designing their own schools & environments - you should get to know them - deb

  • Terri Hammer

    YES! In order to better serve our students we must allow them a voice, and actually listen, then get into action with student participation . I work in education and rarely, if ever, see this happening. It is so frustrating!
    I LOVE THIS! Thanks for sharing that, Hannah.

  • WeAreTrees

    I definitely agree that student voices are virtually nonexistent in any discussions related to the United States' education system. This way of dealing with issues specific to a group or population-- not involving the party or parties most affected in discussions, planning or implementation-- is unfortunately commonplace in our society. While I love this idea, I believe we can do more and dig much deeper. We, especially teachers (I'm a teacher too!), tend not to give students enough credit or believe they're not capable of effecting change on their own (I'm not saying this post is doing this). I'm so glad to say we've been proven wrong many times.

    As this post says, the conference and presentation to leaders takes place months from now. This time is crucial-- one year phases out a massive cohort of high schoolers. In addition to events and groups like those mentioned here should be practical methods for students to use *right now*. Students have the capacity to make change in their schools and districts now.

    Let's help them by reminding ourselves and teaching them what it means to live in a participatory democracy.

  • Esha Shah

    really cool that kids are a part of creating the conference and running it.