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What Kids Can Do
INTRODUCTION: What happens when you unite an veteran
educational writer and a veteran educational program funder who are both
dedicated to celebrating the power of young peoples' contributions to their
society? How about a collection of well-written publications and a
well-funded national program that honors, promotes, and connects the diverse
actions that young people are learning from across the nation? What Kids Can
Do is a small organization that works across the US to lift up and celebrate
the ideas, actions, and reflections of students in urban, rural, wealthy,
low-income, and all kinds of communities. The following are several of their
publications that focus on schools specifically.
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Seven Students' Stories.
Where are the
youth voices in current educational debates? WKCD gathered seven students
for two days to draft essays suitable for use as a newspaper column, radio
commentary or college admissions essay. They have lessons for us all.
Students Push for Equity in School Funding.
This collection features the
stories of three groups of high school students from diverse communities in
different parts of the nation who are fighting for healthier education
budgets. Their stories include reports, surveys, and other useful tools.
Equal Educational Opportunity?
Students at inner-city and suburban high schools want equally to go to
college, but do they get the same preparation and academic opportunities?
Outside is Our School: Youth
Embrace Subsistence Education and Renew Survival for a Yupik Eskimo
Community. “Cutting fish, building cabins, cutting wood, checking nets, shooting guns,
ice fishing, eel fishing, trapping beaver with a snare, making a snow
shelter, skinning moose, skiing, canoeing, gathering berries, starting
fires....I think we are learning everything,” says 15-year-old Bupsie
Fires in the Bathroom: Advice for Teachers
from High School Students. By Katheen Cushman. A challenging,
affirming and poignant examination of today’s schools that brings students’
insights and tips to teachers in a powerful book. This book will help
educators and administrators help students co-create learning environments
where respect and success go hand-in-hand, for students and teachers alike.
The Schools We Need: Creating Small High Schools That Work
Two dozen students in Bronx, NY talk
about their experiences planning and attending small schools and breaking
down large high schools. Includes Sistas & Bruthas United's proposal for a
school in NYC.
Young Organizers Mobilize to Change Their World, Starting
collection features two experienced youth organizing groups working to
improve their schools, an interview with a veteran youth organizer, an
annotated directory, and new research on the power of youth organizing.
participation into the classroom: Students as allies."
of urban public high school students, told in their own words, offer new and
veteran teachers guidance on how to reach adolescent learners and illustrate
what youth-adult partnerships in the classroom might look like.
More Than Service: Philadelphia Students Join a Union to
Improve Their Schools
Taking Democracy In Hand: Youth Action For Educational Change
in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This report highlights the
accomplishments and growing wisdom of ten Bay Area youth organizing groups.
It also sketches how their work builds, step by step, capital and capacity
among participants; why youth-adult partnerships are important; where dots
are being connected (between issues, between strategies, across races) and
where they need connection (between youth and adult school reformers).
Learning Outside the Lines: Six Innovative Programs That
This report details distinctive learning
environments, in and outside school, that garner from young people deep
engagement and high achievement: the Llano Grande Center in Edcouch-Elsa,
TX; the Educational Video Center in New York City; Best Practice High School
in Chicago; the Algebra Project in Jackson, MS; The Food Project in Boston;
and The Met in Providence, RI.
Moving to the Head of the Class.
High-school aged teachers at Providence’s Summerbridge, the Algebra Project,
and a summer camp in Warren, North Carolina provide powerful role models for
younger kids—and a potential teacher corps for the future.
voice & involvement
Youth on Board
What Kids Can Do