Learning From Student Voice:
What are Students’ Experiences of
School Safety and Bullying?
Wednesday, June 13 | 11:00 – 11:50AM | Room 17B
Wednesday, June 13 | 4:10 – 5:00PM | Room 18B
Sachi Takahashi-Rial – Partnerships, YouthTruth Student Survey
About the sessions
We know that safe school environment is a prerequisite for student learning. Studies show that when students feel unsafe at school, they are more likely to engage in risky behaviors and there is a negative effect on their test scores. But what we may not know, is exactly how safe – or unsafe – students feel in our schools and classrooms. To shine a light on students’ perceptions of school safety and bullying, this session will highlight insights gathered through anonymous surveys from over 180,000 secondary students across the country. Through interactive protocols and small-group discussion, you’ll learn from the on-the-ground insights of those who know our schools the best – the students themselves. You’ll leave with new insights, new friends, and various strategies for harnessing student voice for school improvement.
About the speaker
Sachi Takahashi-Rial – Partnerships, YouthTruth
Sachi Takahashi-Rial has coached hundreds of school and district leaders through the process of interpreting and using student and stakeholder feedback to accelerate improvements. Before joining YouthTruth, Sachi worked at the school, district, and state levels in San Jose, Boston, Washington DC, and North Carolina. In these roles, she ran afterschool programs, led a team of City Year Americorps Members, and researched local and state assessments. Sachi received her MPP from Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and her BA in Economics from UC Berkeley.