As a graduate journalism student over 20 years ago, I worked on a thesis project centered on education reform news reporting. I was analyzing how often education reporters included students in their stories about education. Probably no surprise…it was almost non-existent.

Traditionally, no entity has ignored their primary customer, consumer or constituent more than education with students. I was fortunate enough early on as a beginning teacher to discover the power of student voice and student-generated ideas. Throughout my career, I have always benefited from asking my students what they thought, what they are interested in and where they would like...

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  • About the Author:

    Michael Niehoff is currently the CTE Grant Manager for College of the Sequoias. He has been a secondary educator for 25 years as a teacher, advisor, director of activities, learning director and principal. He blogs at www.changingislearning.blogspot.com.