There’s a lot of talk about integrating student voice into school strategy. Actually doing it is harder. How can we begin to give students a say in how their schools are run? To start, it’s important to find ways to hear from every young person. Not just the loudest students but also those on the…
How’s Discipline at Your School? Don’t Just Look at Referral and Suspension Data, Get Perception Data
By Sonya Heisters, the director of partnerships for YouthTruth As a student-teacher, and like most early-career educators, I struggled with classroom management and discipline. The beautifully articulated theories of positive behavior intervention and support that I was learning through my credentialing program seemed at odds with the realities of time and resource constraints in the…
Too often in education, important decisions are made without engaging the people most affected: the students. By bringing students into transformation efforts, schools can catalyze improvements and train youth to lead alongside adults in defining and meeting district goals. To kick off the new year, YouthTruth outlined the protocols and strategies we’ve seen work well…
Less than half of secondary students surveyed in California rate their school culture positively, according to data released today . . .
When YouthTruth created the Student Motivation and Grit module (a set of questions for grades 3-12 that can be added to the core YouthTruth student survey), our goal was to help educators better understand students’ attitudes toward and ownership of their learning.
Superintendent Kathy Gomez and her team at Evergreen Elementary School District are strong believers in the importance of making schools safe, caring, and nurturing places. As part of this commitment . . .
What do students have to say about school safety? The best way to find is to ask students – and listen to what they have to say about their experiences.
Across all grade levels, the majority of students feel engaged, according to data released today by the San Francisco-based nonprofit YouthTruth Student Survey. On a more concerning note, the survey found that . . . .
A quarter of students report being bullied, according to new findings out today from YouthTruth . . .