Earlier this spring, I went with over 250 other students and educators to the Iowa Capitol as part of the Student Voices Matter Rally. I helped organize this rally as president-elect of the Iowa Student Learning Institute, a student organization dedicated to revolutionizing Iowa’s approach to education through the power of student voice. We kicked off the day with speeches from students who have acted on issues they care about as well as an appearance by Governor Branstad and
Exhibition fairs – the epitome of every child’s middle school science project completed the night with help from a parent.
But, what if exhibition fairs were used as events to showcase long term learning and social advocacy from involving students in their community? A few Des Moines metro schools are doing just this. Park Avenue Elementary School and Waukee Prairieview School both invited members of our team to attend their exhibition days and to work with the students.