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What Teens Say They Need, and How Schools Can Adjust

Edutopia |

Students say they want a voice in the big education decisions that affect their lives—and their top concerns are backed by plenty of research.

Indian Hill High School student builds volunteer force to keep virtual students connected


In March, when the Indian Hill School District joined districts across Ohio in distance learning, Indian Hill High School (IHHS) student Sophie Chabris felt the distance.

Chabris turned that feeling into a plan of action for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. She created the IHHS Corona Care Callers Program. The mission of the program is to create meaningful connections between students, particularly those who are part of Indian Hill’s Brave Virtual Academy (BVA), a new learning option for Indian Hill families wanting to study in a flexible, online environment.

Educator competencies for student-centered teaching

Christensen Institute |

COVID-19 and virtual learning have created “the perfect combination of catalysts for a rapid conversion to student-centered schooling,” according to a new report from the Christensen Institute.

However, the authors write, most K-12 educators aren’t equipped with the skill sets needed to run student-centered schools. For student-centered learning to be adopted, educators must be trained for student-centered competencies, but current approaches to educator development also fall short in this area. 

The Clayton Christensen Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through Disruptive Innovation. 

Lakota West’s Student Athlete Advisory Board: More than Meets the Eye


Every other Sunday, August through May, nearly 60 of Lakota West’s finest student-athletes gather for two to three hours to practice a skill shared across all their sports: leadership. Senior members, or “veteran leaders,” organize and lead each meeting for their junior member counterparts, or “emerging leaders.” 

Following Jeff Janssen’s “The Team Captain’s Leadership Manual,” every meeting zooms in on a new chapter and theme, combining small group discussion with a former Lakota athlete as their guest speaker. 

Students Share Insights and Advice for School Leaders, Policymakers for Coronavirus Reopening in Virtual Town Hall

The 74 Million |

Hundreds from across the country gathered in a virtual town hall on Aug. 26 to partake in a student discussion of reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing movement for racial justice.

Questions addressed included:

  • What are young people thinking and feeling about starting the year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic after a spring of disrupted learning?
  • How have the pandemic and school closures exacerbated racial tensions and created greater urgency for addressing racism in school?
  • What advice can young people share with school leaders in this unprecedented moment?

Attorney General Yost Announces Teen Ambassador Board Members

Ohio Attorney General’s Office |

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost today announced that more than 400 students representing 68 Ohio counties have been named to his office’s Teen Ambassador Board for the upcoming school year. The participants represent more than 180 schools throughout the state.

Board members advise the Attorney General’s Office on issues relating to teens, and they work with their peers to develop solutions. They also attend presentations, hear from elected officials, interact with assistant attorneys general, and have the opportunity to participate in events throughout the state once activities resume, but until then, the office plans to offer video calls with prominent figures around Ohio.