ArticleNovember 3rd, 2016
Letters to the Next President 2.0 helps teens find political voiceU.S.
For their first assignment of the year, Student Reporting Labs across the country submitted short videos focusing on their concerns and questions for the next president of the United States.
In addition to being published on SRL’s website, the videos also appear on Letters to the Next President 2.0, an initiative among media partners whose goal is to give young people a platform to talk about the issues that matter most to them in the 2016 election. The project currently features more than 4,000 letters written or filmed by students on topics ranging from rising college tuition to police violence to climate change and beyond. The letters show that American youth are in fact aware and often concerned by what they see happening on the news and in their own neighborhoods. Despite not being old enough to vote, these students look to our next leader to work on solutions and ensure a brighter future for them.
If you’re class is interested in submitting written or video letters, the deadline for Letters to the Next President 2.0 is next Tuesday, Nov. 8. The site also features a number of teaching resources and the existing letters serve as excellent tools for talking about civic engagement in the classroom.
Find all of the videos here. Check out a couple of SRL submissions below and continue the conversation on social media with #2NextPrez.
Submit Your Student Voice
Tooltip of RSS content 3
Will school walkouts inspire lawmakers to act?
Thousands of students will participate in walkouts across the U.S. today to end gun violence in schools. Continue reading#NationalWalkoutDayDonald Trumpgun violenceGunsMarjory Stoneman Douglas High SchoolNational Rifle AssociationNational Walkout DayNRAparklandschool shootingsSocial Studiesstudent protest
Does Trump’s school safety plan make schools safer?
The Trump Administration shared its plan to end school shootings on Sunday. It was met with wide criticism for not doing enough to address the problem. Continue reading#NationalWalkoutDay#StudentGunReformIdeasDonald TrumpfederalismFlorida school shootingGovernment & Civicsgun controlgun policygun reformgun violenceGunsmass shootingMedia LiteracyNational Rifle AssociationNational Walkout DaynewtownNRAparklandSandy Hookschool safetyschool shootingsSocial IssuesSocial Studiesstudent walkoutwalkouts
How teens want to solve America’s school shooting problem
One thing all students agreed on: change is possible and action must be taken. Continue readingeducationgun controlgun policygun reformgun violenceMarjory Stoneman Douglas High Schoolmental healthNational Rifle AssociationNRAparklandSRLstudent reporting labs
Lesson plan: How outstanding women in STEM fields overcame obstacles
This lesson explores the careers of 19 great female scientists, the challenges they overcame and whether those challenges are still present in students’ lives. Continue readinginternational women's dayScienceSocial IssuesSocial StudiesSTEMTechnologywomenWomen's History Month
Ways to share your students’ solutions to gun violence
PBS social media activity: In addition to walkouts, what are ways to express your solutions to gun violence? Tag @NewsHourExtra using #StudentGunReformIdeas via Twitter Continue readingactivismCivicsELAenglishGovernment & Civicsgun controlgun policygun reformgun safetygun violenceGunsJournalismlesson planMarjory Stoneman Douglas High SchoolMedia Literacyparklandright to bear armsschool shootingSecond AmendmentSocial IssuesSocial StudiesSRLstudent reporting labsStudent Voicestudent walkoutwalkoutsyouth mediayouth voice