Special Collections



Over the years, WKCD has often created a special collection focused on a particular project or subject. Here is a list with links to the contents of each collection.

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Adobe Youth Voices

In June 2006, WKCD joined other U.S.-based youth media organizations in a multi-year international initiative called “Adobe Youth Voices,” sponsored by Adobe Systems. In the first year, we have teamed with youth and educators in New York City, San Francisco and San Jose, Seattle, London, Delhi, and Bangalore to produce a rich array of multimedia and book publishing projects. Here we share work in progress and final products from this collaboration.

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College Matters: Supporting Low-Income and First-Generation Students

For nine years, WKCD has listened and talked with students nationwide about college. From this work, we have produced a rich set of resources for first-generation and low-income students on how to make it to college and succeed once there. All of these resources are student-to-student: "near peers" advising those following in their footsteps. They are aimed at the adults who support students on the path to college as much as the students themselves. Here we collect in one place all of our “college matters” materials: books, videos and other media, websites, free downloads.

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Gathering Immigrant Stories

Immigration issues permeate today's policy debates, and they present a perfect opportunity for a curriculum or service project. Your students can bring back strong interviews if they venture into their communities to talk to the immigrants they know about their experiences.WKCD learned this, when we coached and then published such work by New York City students in our compact and absorbing book Forty-Cent Tip: Stories of New York City Immigrant Workers. Here we offer a look at our coaching guidelines—and a chance to be published—in the hope that you will try the project, too.

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Global Youth Voices

In 2005, WKCD began to work with youth outside the U.S. on a range of projects, most involving photography and narrative. We started in Tanzania, in East Africa. Since then, we have engaged in photo journalism and media projects with youth along the Burma-Bangladesh border; in Beijing and London; in Bangalore, New Delhi, and Noida, India; across the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania; in South Africa and Ethiopia. Here we present a directory of what has come, to date, from WKCD’s global youth voices: websites, multimedia dictionaries, audio slide shows, and feature stories.

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Just Listen!

How do young people really experience their own learning? It’s easy for educators to make assumptions—but often we can find more authentic answers by listening closely to what students say. That’s what sparked WKCD’s “Just Listen” series of video clips. Averaging one minute in length, they convey kids’ thinking about teaching and learning in a way that’s easy to share and talk about with others. We see that what young people want for themselves aligns closely with what we say we want for them: stimulating classes; good relationships with their teachers; success in high school, college, and beyond.

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Mentors that Matter

Who are the significant adults in the lives of teenagers, beyond the home and classroom? How do they reach out to youth, and why? In the first six months of 2007, youth across the nation gave their answers, as they interviewed, photographed, and publicly honored “Mentors That Matter” in four cities (Chicago, Providence, San Francisco, and Tampa). They nominated people from all walks of life—artists, coaches, public officials, even a school bus driver and a hair stylist—who show that they care about “other people’s children.” They produced the book Pass It On (Next Generation Press, 2008).

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Service Learning

Day in and out, WKCD aims to spread a more capacious view of  “what kids can do” when given the opportunities and supports they deserve—a vision that makes room for real-world problem solving, teamwork, character and citizenship, learning from mistakes, creativity, social justice, and contribution. Service learning, at its best, provides a wealth of exemplars of the sort of powerful learning with public purpose that WKCD champions. Here we provide a directory (which we update regularly) of service learning stories that have captured our attention.

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Student Research for Action

From 2003 – 2006, WKCD provided competitive grants to high school students nationwide, inviting them to tackle important school and community issues. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WKCD distributed $200,000 in funds to 52 schools in 17 states. Here we provide a rich archive of this initiative. Student Research for Action sends several critical messages: that complex problem solving, independent judgment, and teamwork merit a place in every high school's curriculum; that what happens inside a school's walls should connect to the world outside; that young people can reflect, analyze, and create new knowledge with public benefit

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Students as Allies in School Reform

WKCD has a deep commitment to high school school reform. We join those who seek an unprecedented number of public schools that: arrange their resources so that each child is known well; set uncompromisingly high academic expectations for all children; respectfully assess the progress of each student by means of a careful and continuing review of that child's actual work; and exhibit daily the ideals of acting as a democratic and thoughtful learning community. We believe that students should be seen and welcomed as crucial investors in school improvement. Here we collect in one place the many initiatives, publications, and stories we’ve produced over the years.

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Voices from the Middle Grades

What do students in the middle grades most need from their   teachers? WKCD offers their answers in a sequel to our groundbreaking book Fires in the Bathroom—this time, listening to the voices of early adolescents. Here we share what middle schoolers have to say about topics like forming identities, the impact of grades, what’s fair, school lunch.

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Youth in Policy

Youth civic engagement takes many forms, from volunteering in a soup kitchen to starting a nonprofit organization. Our nation’s young people are much more civic-minded than tags like “Generation Me” suggest. This collection focuses on the increasing role of young people in shaping public policy. Monthly articles and profiles by the youth-led news bureau Y-Press address youth participation nationwide, in policy arenas such as the environment, health care, and public education. Feature stories and case studies by WKCD showcase young people raising their voices around local issues, from pushing a school district to prepare all students for college to fighting cuts in public transportation.

 

 
 


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