The power of giving students voice and choice

When students get a say in what they learn and how to show it, they become more deeply involved in their education.

High school was originally created to train factory workers. Yet most high schools today still follow that original model — down to sitting in desks and listening to long lectures.

But what kind of high school do we need in the 21st century? This video is part of our Transforming High School project with articles, videos, Season 3 of our podcast, and tools to help parents and educators understand why high school is the way it is — and all of the modern, research-backed ways it can change for the better. Discover what you think will work for your child and your school and share it with your child, teachers, the principal, the superintendent, and the school board. When parents raise their voices, change really can happen.

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Thank you to Teacher Hayley Gearheart of North Edgecombe High School and Teacher Evelyn Lara of IDEA Frontier College Prep, which won a GreatSchools College Success Award.

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