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Belief Gap

A Student’s Solution to High School Reform

The Hechinger Report writes a lot about reforming our nation’s public high schools, so this time they looked for a different perspective—from a student. Jerika Miller, 16, shares some critical ingredients to turnaround success: a combination of strong relationships and engaging classrooms.
Listening to students and looking out for those students who don’t talk a lot, or don’t engage a lot in class, looking out for them and asking them how they’re doing, and making them feel like you actually care about them, is a huge, huge part of being successful in school. When the teacher cares and wants me to succeed, that’s always when I’ve done better.

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