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What are the possibilities for student voice this fall? Hear educators and students on this topic in our next virtual event.

A panel of educators and students will discuss visions of student involvement in the fall in our next “Pinchpoints to Possibilities” event, led by Ben Owens and Dominique Stone in partnership with EdNC, on Thursday, July 16, at 4 p.m.

The summer “Pinch Points to Possibility” series started with a design sprint that focused on what we are learning from the massive disruption the COVID-19 crisis has caused in our schools.

The theme of moving from problems (pinch points) to possibilities (solutions) is not only aimed at highlighting how schools are thinking through the pandemic’s extreme challenges to what school traditionally looks like. It’s also providing a framework for problem-solving schools to use this fall and beyond by starting with an empathy map, defining a challenge, and moving into solutions – all via a collaborative webinar series.

Thursday’s event will be the second of three. First, the series was informed by a design sprint, which included a diverse mix of educators from across the state and was followed by a webinar in June, featuring a group of students, teachers and students to discuss the two key problem statements:

  • How might we enable more student voice and choice in school decision making?
  • How might me better address the social and emotional needs of all students, especially in virtual environments? 

During the second event, leaders and students from six schools will share examples of student voice and/or meeting social-emotional needs of students.

Educators and students will join from the following schools, each highlighting an innovative example from their school.

Details: Join the webinar

Thursday, July 16 | 4-5 p.m.

Sign up here.

Mary Willson

Mary Willson is the director of engagement at EducationNC.

Ben Owens

Ben Owens worked as an engineer for 20 years before becoming a STEM teacher for 11 years at Tri-County Early College High School in Murphy, North Carolina.