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I’m a high school sophomore. Here’s how schools can teach kids to solve real-world problems

Luke Harris, Fast Company |

“As we move into an increasingly robotic and digital age, solving complicated human problems becomes more important than ever. Schools need to teach more of the process of entrepreneurship and engineering, including development and research to truly understand user needs. If we want the entrepreneurs of the future to succeed, it’s important that our engineering curriculums teach them the necessary skills. During COVID-19, we gained an opportunity to rethink workplace practices and schooling techniques—let’s do the same with the way we teach engineering.”

Luke Harris

Luke Harris is a sophomore at Horace Mann in The Bronx, NY.

CPS: Silverton Fourth Grader Becomes Published Author

Silverton Elementary School fourth grader Rhema Postell recently became a published author. Her book “Kayla’s Eyes” is now available for purchase on

Rhema wrote her book as part of the Junior Authors program, an intense eight-week, after-school program that seeks to support aspiring young writers in achieving their goals. Three other students were published as well, including a student from Clark Montessori High School.

Dear Adult Leaders: Don’t Just Try to Copy-and-Paste In-Person Instruction to Online Learning

Margarida Celestino, The 74 Million |

To promote meaningful learning during COVID-19, teachers should not try to replicate in-person instruction online. In my experience, the way to promote meaningful learning is to adapt instruction in a way that recognizes the unique circumstances that we’re in.

Margarida Celestino

Margarida Celestino is a student at Casco Bay High School – Portland, Maine.

Mason/Great Oaks students work to increase immunizations in Nigeria

The project started with Mason High School student Sid Varman, who with his project mates Shishir Annamaneni, Snehil Pulluri, Vansh Patel, and Neev Gupta, are part of the Great Oaks Career Campuses Biomedical Science program. They became active in an internship through the organization Leadership Initiatives, which involves American students in public health activities in Bauchi State. “We like that this is a new experience,” said Varman.  “We’ve learned biology and chemistry and medicine, but not public health.

Their goal is to increase TB and measles immunizations in Bauchi State, Nigeria. To do so, they must convince a skeptical public that the life-saving immunizations are safe and effective.

Of the roughly 100 student teams across the United States, they were the only ones to tackle the immunization issue.

Read more at Great Oaks Career Campuses

From working the polls to national news coverage – my experience this election

Vandita Rastogi, Indian Hill EVSD |

2020: If anything, this year has taught us to go with the flow, learn something new, and not be afraid to step outside our comfort zone. Most importantly though, it has taught us to help those who need it most in critical times. As the pandemic rages on, it has become imperative for young people to take the lead in positions that they previously may never have. 

Vandita Rastogi

Vandita is a senior at Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Meet TIME’s First-Ever Kid of the Year: Gitanjali Rao, 15

TIME and CBS News |

Just 15 years old, Rao has been selected from a field of more than 5,000 nominees as TIME’s first ever Kid of the Year. She spoke about her astonishing work using technology to tackle issues ranging from contaminated drinking water to opioid addiction and cyberbullying, and about her mission to create a global community of young innovators to solve problems the world over. 


Student business feeds thousands around the Tri-State during the holidays


While many high school students are relaxing over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a group of students from Ross High School is working this weekend to feed hungry families.

Jee Foods is a student-operated, anti-hunger nonprofit that grew out of a single class at Butler Tech. About 13 students and 200 volunteers are part of the organization, which reclaims and repurposes food that restaurants might otherwise throw away.

“Our adviser there taught us to run it just like a business. To us students, that was the first thing that provided the connection,” said Grimm. “So, we need to see ourselves as business professionals.”

That means some students handle the finances, some handle operations and some handle the marketing.

Every Saturday, students and volunteers unload semitrailers filled with food boxes. The boxes get loaded into vehicles representing 30 local partners, which then distribute the food. About 2,500 food boxes are headed to communities across the Tri-State within a few hours.

Student voice changed a high-schooler’s life. It now drives his leadership as a superintendent

Education Dive |

Gregory Hutchings, an African American who graduated from T.C. Williams High School in 1995, is now the district’s superintendent. In recent years, and decades after the integration of his high school in 1971, Hutchings’ district has focused its efforts on creating more opportunities for students of color. 

Key to the process has been giving students a seat at the table.

How to improve schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to students

Hechinger Report |

What is and isn’t working for students? What do they believe could be changed or refined? Students have identified common problems and shared similar ideas for what schools can do better.

  • Sophia Perry, a senior at Red Bank High School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, says her school has been lax in enforcing its mandatory mask-wearing policy. 
  • Magdalena Slapik spoke to students — some attending school virtually, others in person — who shared their struggles and ideas for improvement. 
  • Camille Fei, a junior at Philip Simmons High School in Charleston, South Carolina, hopes to start an equity club this year to address the lack of antiracism education at her school. 
  • William Diep, a senior at The Brooklyn Latin School in Brooklyn, New York, has chosen to learn exclusively from home this year to keep himself and his family safe.
  • Evelyn Livingston, a seventh grade student at Cameron Academy of Virtual Education in Cameron, Wisconsin, wishes her teachers gave students opportunities to discuss current events, such as the racial protests of the summer.
  • Eric Sandage, a junior at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, Vermont, wishes his teachers assigned less work and made it more meaningful.

Giving Children a Voice Can Lead to Better Outcomes for All

Michaela Bruckmayer – RAND |

Developing the New European Strategy on the Rights of the Child

The European Union recently held the 13th annual Forum on the Rights of the Child, during which experts from a range of sectors who work on issues relating to children came together to discuss how best to guarantee the realisation of children’s rights.

Participants in the forum included policymakers, judicial and child protection practitioners, ombudspersons for children, international and non-governmental organisations, and staff from EU institutions and agencies. Perhaps most importantly, the event was also attended by children and young people themselves. They were asked to express their views on the topics discussed, as well as to reflect on what adults said and share their feedback.

The participation of children and young people in this event is in line with growing recognition of the importance of giving children the opportunity to participate in EU political and democratic life. The right of children to participate is enshrined in Article 12 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC). Under this treaty, one of the most widely ratified human rights conventions, state parties oblige themselves to ensure that children are given the right to express their own views “freely in all matters affecting the child [and that] the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.”

However, more could be done to make sure that this principle is translated into practice, and that children can express their views and that their voices are heard, including in decisionmaking.

Michaela Bruckmayer is an analyst at RAND Europe in the area of home affairs and social policy and conducts research for the European Platform for Investing in Children and the Child Participation study.

Lockland Students Featured in New York Times for Kids

Lockland Schools |

Lockland Elementary School 4th graders were featured in the New York Times for Kids national publication piece about the presidential election. Each of the featured young scholars wrote about what they would do first as our President.

Madeira students tackle world issues


Twenty-two Madeira High School (MHS) and one Madeira Middle School (MMS) student participated in this first ever digital WYOMUN Conference.

Held since 2014 at Wyoming High School, Wyoming United Nations (WYOMUN) has hosted high school and middle school ModelUN club members to take on real global issues.

This year’s conference was held digitally using the software Gatherly which allowed student delegates to summarizing their positions on the issues in committee, including the direction they wanted to progress in solving the problem. 

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