Winning Heart & Minds

A student from Maryland wrote me earlier this month to ask about getting more rights for student representatives on their local school board. These are usually awkward requests for me, primarily because it feels like we’re looking for a “silver bullet” that will end this problem for all times. There isn’t one. However, I thinkContinue reading “Winning Heart & Minds”

How to Stop Students from Dropping Out

Want to know how to stop a student from dropping out of school? Ask them. At the center of a new cauldron of education reform discussion is an emerging debate about the role of student engagement in school improvement. This conversation concerns itself with the levels of phsycologicial, social, emotional, and intellectual investment students possessContinue reading “How to Stop Students from Dropping Out”

Students as Teachers

To teach is to learn twice. – Joseph Joubert (1782)  Several out-of-school youth-serving programs have engaged young people as teachers for more than 100 years.  Organizations including 4-H, the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts have long relied on the merits of youth-led classes to teach young women and men of all ages significant life lessons and invaluable skills.Continue reading “Students as Teachers”