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Youth-Led Workshops: Honoring and Enhancing Student Voice

As part of an enhanced focus on student voice, this year’s Summer Institute featured two breakout sessions planned and presented by area high school youth. Precious Okoroafor, a rising senior from Olentangy Schools, worked with Dr. Keith Bell from OSU to coordinate a special workshop highlighting The Ohio State University Student Leadership Research Collaborative. This unique program brings students together from multiple school districts, representing a diverse population of learners who collaborate in a structured format to produce real change in their schools and communities.

presentation at summer institute

An opening video presentation provided an overview of program impact across all 20 participating schools/districts. Then, teams from Olentangy, Westerville North, and Bexley shared their specific research and recommendations with attendees. “I’m so impressed by the quality and authenticity of these students’ work,” said one teacher. “I hope our school will consider participating in the future.”

Institute participants were also impressed by students representing the Dublin Teaching Academy. Accompanied by their teacher, Magen Beatty, several DTA students highlighted the authentic learning opportunities they’ve received through the program and how these experiences have affected their skills, confidence, and goals. They also reflected on the impact of their efforts on the younger students they have taught and mentored.

We’re so proud of all the young people who participated in this year’s Summer Institute—not only as presenters, but also as volunteers and special attendees. We look forward to welcoming even more students in 2024!


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