DA Op-ed: Empowering students to be change agents
The argument for getting student voice into decision making can be heard in discussions around the country. What if we combined student voice with design thinking, and then allowed students the same platform for improvement that we provide adults? The Student Innovation Team (SIT) concept does just that.
DA op-ed: Fulfilling the promise of Brown
As we prepare to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision in May, it is important to note that ongoing change is still needed. We must leverage the social capital of all Americans by ensuring a quality and equitable education for every child; while simultaneously stamping out any vestiges of past discriminatory practices.
DA op-ed: The surveillance of our youth
Like many districts, the Southeast Polk Community School District in Iowa monitors the web usage of students on district-provided computers for inappropriate activity, and uses a service that sends emails to parents summarizing student internet search history. This raises some difficult issues because we know that young people need space away from adults for healthy development.