At The Liber Institute, young people from Indigenous communities across the country use design to hone insights and advocate for change
During Summer 2020, The Liber Institute partnered with Cambiar Education to launch The Liber Institute and Cambiar Wayútȟokeča: Change Agents program, a 2-week intensive experience for 20 Indigenous young people from North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Washington state. Wayútȟokeča is a Lakota word meaning “to change, modify, or transform,” and the participants are referred to in the program as change agents. Krystal, one of the young people who participated in this summer’s programming, says the adults were very adaptive to change agents. “They didn’t call us students,” Krystal says. “We’re not learning from teachers; we’re learning and collaborating alongside elders and each other.”
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How high school students in Kentucky are driving Covid-era educational research.
“So much of life as a minor is about juggling power dynamics,” Sanaa says. “Being in school feels like being herded like cattle, being told when to sit and be quiet. I love the work I get to do with Prichard SVT that shows that young people are capable of so much more than sitting down and shutting up,” Sanaa says. Every time she gets the space to think deeply about institutional issues, every time she gets to go to the capitol and meet representatives, it’s a rush. It’s a concrete way of being reminded of her own power.
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How Empower Community High School embodies anti-racist practice through co-designing with young people
Empower believes in the humanity of young people. While many schools want to empower their students as decision makers in their education, Empower is truly positioning young people as co-creators of their educational experience. This is the pathway to utterly disrupting and rebuilding education as it currently exists: ensuring that young people are the true designers of their learning.
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Once a school social worker in northeast Denver, Bre Donnelly has been busy founding an organization to serve LGBTQ+ youth, fighting for Black lives, learning and unlearning biases, and building community in the time of COVID (especially important as an extrovert). Read more about Bre and Joy As Resistance in our first article uplifting the work of Enduring Ideas grant recipients.
In late April / early May, 2020, we put out a first call for folks to submit "Enduring Ideas." Mid-May, we awarded 11 teams, all making radical leaps towards equitable learning innovation.
To learn more about these first awardees, click here for a summary. Also be sure to return to this site soon for more in-depth stories about each awardee!