Since 2008, YouthTruth has been listening. We’ve partnered with schools and districts to accelerate local change based on student feedback. Through this work we’ve heard from over 1.5 million students across the country.
What are we learning? In 2016, we launched the Learning from Student Voice series to bring that data and insight to bear on pressing challenges related to school experience and improvement.
Academic Rigor, College & Career 2017, Bullying 2017, College & Career 2016, Bullying 2016
Driving Educational Equity
In this guidebook, you’ll find best practices for exploring student survey data with an equity lens, examples of how other educators are leading through listening, and research-based protocols and practical tips for discussing and taking action to address inequities in your school system. This video shows how YouthTruth supports equity work. Check out our Driving Equity through Data Webinar.
As YouthTruth has articulated local and national findings, educators have asked, “Based on this sobering data, what is my next action?” Use this guidebook to help you move from data to action with some top-notch, 100% free resources and address bullying in schools and beyond. The guide includes tools and strategies from Teaching Tolerance, Teach Kindness, Facing History and Ourselves, and more.
Student Voice in Action
In this guidebook, you’ll find protocols and strategies to engage students in school climate data and lead alongside adults in defining and meeting improvement goals. Learn how YouthTruth and districts like San Luis Coastal Unified District, Monterey Peninusla Unified School District, Oxnard Union High School District, West Contra Costa Unified School District, and the High Tech High network are elevating student voice to accelerate change here.
Sonoma County students have faced a constellation of traumas over the past four years: multiple devastating fire events and floods, a pandemic, an experiment in remote schooling, economic and political instability, a national racial justice movement stemming from police killings of Black Americans. Given the compounding stressors that Sonoma students have and continue to face, a trauma-informed approach to recovery both in and out of school is essential.
In January 2020, YouthTruth helped 10 Sonoma County school districts hear from nearly 30,000 students, parents and guardians, and school staff community members. Educators, community members, parents understand that there is a role that everyone can play in supporting the resilience of their youth. Watch the webinar presentation of the key insights and download the full report.
Other studies linking student perceptions with student learning and academic achievement:
- What Matters for Staying on Track and Graduating in Chicago Public High Schools
- Perceptions of Classroom Environment, Achievement Goals, and Achievement Outcomes
- Student Engagement and Student Learning: Testing the Linkages
- A Research Synthesis of the Associations Between Socioeconomic Background, Inequality, School Climate, and Academic Achievement