We recently sat down with Ebado Abdi, a senior at West View High School in Beaverton, to find out more about an issue she is passionate about–elevating student voice. An active member of Oregon Student Voice, Ebado has great insight about how students are powerful change agents and how students and educators can work together to improve our school system.
This is your last year of high school before you go to college, looking back how was your overall experience in school?
In early December, the National Center for Education Statistics released its four-year graduation rate for school year 2015-16. The results indicate that Oregon high school students continue to struggle with graduating on time; our state ranked bottom third. Low graduation rates are caused by many factors including chronic absenteeism. Students that consistently miss school fall behind in their classes and often have difficultly catching up. How do we help and encourage students to consistently go to school so that they can graduate on time and set themselves up for future success?
Why is it important for students of color to have teachers who look like them? And what is being done to promote workforce diversity?
A recent online article by the Urban Institute explored the issue of educator diversity. The article points out that the pipeline is tight because not enough students of color are going to or graduating from college. And not enough of those who do are majoring in education.
New clothes, freshly sharpened pencils, color-coded binders, and the smell of too much cologne all signify the start of a new school year. In parallel, Oregon Student Voice (OSV) is dressed with a new energy and an imperishable motivation to ensure all students have equal opportunities and access to achieve their full potential in and out of schools. OSV is a student-led organization that recognizes the power of a student’s voice.