Student-Owned

“When I think about civics, I think about students taking ownership,” said Crystal Bustillos, Social Studies Department Chair in El Paso Unified School District. As we seek to prepare students to take on issues that matter most to them, we need to support them to identify those issues first. That begins by celebrating their voice and perspective in our classrooms and schools.

Opportunity Areas:

  • How might we place students at the heart of civics?
  • How might we elevate student voice in our schools so we are better connected to the issues that matter most to them?

Provocations:

  • What if units began with student explorations about issues that matter most to them?
  • What if we created space for students to actively build, challenge, co-create school culture with teams of teachers and community members?

Check out our Synthesis Snapshot here.  

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Similar to a pep rally for the football team, students could organize a pep rally for issues that matter the most in their school.

Similar to a pep rally for the football team, students could organize a pep rally for issues that matter the most in their school.

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