Explore resources related to recognizing and valuing student knowledge, input, and expertise and building student-centered learning environments where students make decisions about how learning happens.
Wiley, director of Asia Society's International Studies Schools Network (ISSN), blogs from Helsinki about Finnish students' expectations for and involvement in their own education. Maria Puolakkainen, a high school student from Helsinki, Finland, was invited to share her own ideas and insights; read about her experiences in "#StuVoice Finland Shares the 'Characteristics of an Effective Teacher'."
McCarthy advocates for student-centered education via three strategies for differentiated instruction: knowing students' strengths, involving them in planning, and leveraging the strengths of fellow educators.
Culminating a year of students pursuing their passions through 20 Time, one teacher organized a TEDx event to let them share those passions with the world. For more information about TEDx youth events, check out the youth event resources on the TED website.
High school student Shayanna develops her talents at Youth Speaks, a nonprofit that creates a safe space for young people to explore writing and performance skills in the service of bettering their communities.