What Students Need

Try It

This short but moving video highlights outstanding teachers who put student needs ahead of data-driven standardized education. It underscores what’s possible when teachers receive the trust and support they deserve. Your administrators, school board, state legislators, and parents should watch this. Consider convening groups of students AND educators to discuss what students need. Too often, we leave out the voice of students as we discuss . . . students.

Discuss It

  • What are the biggest challenges you face as an educator? 
  • If you could change three things about our education system, what would they be, and why?
  • What makes you feel valued as a professional? Can you do anything differently to increase opportunities to do creative, inspiring work? To collaborate?
  • U.S. education policies miss this essential truth — People (teachers and students) are far more motivated when they set goals for themselves they believe in. How can you help your school and district to value this?