Please join us for two inspiring talks on student voice in education
Blackbox Theatre: Creating Change In and Out of the Classroom
Artistic expression can be a powerful catalyst for social change and a source of personal power for young people and their families. Since 2008, Washburn Blackbox Theatre has provided a safe space for students from a wide range of backgrounds to make visible the all-too-often invisible voices and stories of urban youth. Student actors engage in a rigorous and unique training program to create, perform and tour original theater that helps break down social barriers and build bridges among themselves and their communities. In this EDTalk, students will speak their truths about public education and how creating original theater can make change both in and out of the classroom.
- Crystal Spring, Washburn High School Theatre Teacher
- Washburn High School Blackbox Theatre students
The Voices Framework: How Student Stories Can Transform Schools
Student voice is an essential element for school health, vitality and success. The Voices Framework project team interviews students about key issues such as diversity, race, safety and school culture, and creates videos reflecting these voices and stories. The videos are then presented to school leaders, followed by facilitated conversations that unpack adult narratives and guide participants in examining their pedagogy, beliefs and practices. The Voices Framework is designed to help school leaders get to know their students in a new and authentic way and ensure that they feel valued and respected, which bolsters achievement. Staff from Brooklyn Center Community Schools will share how this process can unlock new ways to improve student achievement and strengthen school culture.
- Josh Fraser, Principal at Brooklyn Center Middle and High School STEAM
- Ambar Hanson, Community Relationship Officer for the Mortenson Family Foundation Expanding Opportunities for Children and Families program area