Student Voices

 At Thrive Ed, student voice is a driving force in our efforts to reinvent school. In fact, students are powerful partners, decision makers, and designers in all levels of our organization. Our summer internship programs have put our mission into action as students and educators have co-designed their experiences, working side by side to address current issues in education.

2020 Student Interns

Jazzy Eubanks

SHE/HER
STUDENT INTERN,
SUMMER 2020

ST. PAUL
CONSERVATORY
FOR PERFORMING
ARTISTS

Nick Bogan

HE/HIM
STUDENT INTERN,
SUMMER 2020

COLUMBIA
HEIGHTS
HIGH SCHOOL

Emily
Hawari-Grieder

SHE/HER
STUDENT INTERN,
SUMMER 2020

GRADUATE OF
HOPKINS
HIGH SCHOOL

Peyton Thao

HE/HIM
STUDENT INTERN,
SUMMER 2020

COLUMBIA
HEIGHTS
HIGH SCHOOL

Sol Schindler

HE/HIM/THEY/THEM
STUDENT INTERN,
SUMMER 2020

COLUMBIA
HEIGHTS
HIGH SCHOOL

Shaina Anders

SHE/HER
STUDENT INTERN,
SUMMER 2020

GRADUATE OF
HOPKINS
HIGH SCHOOL

Ava Shirley

SHE/HER
STUDENT INTERN,
SUMMER 2020

WASHBURN
HIGH SCHOOL

Aniya Bailey

SHE/HER
STUDENT INTERN,
SUMMER 2020

TWIN CITIES
ACADEMY

Antonio Perez

HE/HIM
STUDENT INTERN,
SUMMER 2020

HOPKINS
HIGH SCHOOL

Aidan Schaefer

HE/HIM
STUDENT INTERN,
SUMMER 2020

WASHBURN
HIGH SCHOOL

Teontay Bryson

HE/HIM
STUDENT INTERN,
SUMMER 2020

MINNETONKA
HIGH SCHOOL

Nathaniel
Genene

HE/HIM
STUDENT INTERN,
SUMMER 2020

WASHBURN
HIGH SCHOOL

La’Mya Menifee

She/Her

STUDENT INTERN,
SUMMER 2020

Highland High School

2020 Engagement Guides

Shanneon Finnegan

ENGAGEMENT GUIDE

SHE/HER

2020 MN TEACHER OF THE
YEAR FINALIST

Shannon Finnegan is an alternative educator, teacher leader, and activist who teaches social studies within the Hopkins Alternative Program (HAP) at Hopkins High School. Shannon has facilitated professional development for teachers around authentic assessment and Restorative Justice, and currently teaches a Restorative Justice course which trains youth leaders. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Celebrate Me Week, a non-profit summer camp for youth that focuses on building healthy self-esteem and positive peer relationships.

Qorsho Hassan

ENGAGEMENT GUIDE

SHE/HER

2020 MN TEACHER
OF THE YEAR

Qorsho Hassan is a bilingual educator, researcher, and community organizer. She is a fourth grade teacher for ISD 196 (Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan). She is also the artist and co-author behind the exhibit and book “Urur Dhex-Dhexaad Ah: Community In-Between,” which presents color portraits, first-person video stories, and written narratives of Somali-Americans from Columbus, Ohio.

The Summer 2020 Thrive Ed Internship Program focused on co-creating two workshop experiences for educators and students, both centered on empowering and amplifying student voice. These 2 team are focused on either teaching Co-Design or Restorative Justice.

Team Co-Design developed a 2 day workshop that helps educators and their students harness the power of co-design and its natural ability to bring people together and help all invest in a common goal or vision. This process helps educators and students to use in the classroom to develop units of study together. This will focus on culturally responsive practices, student interests and skills, high standards for learning, and authentic assessment evidence.

Team Restorative Justice developed a 2 day workshop that helps educators and their students build a safe and trusting school or classroom community in which everyone may feel heard, valued, loved, and respected. The team is working to create an experience rooted in a respect for indigenous cultures, practices, and beliefs that are the heart of Restorative Justice, in which educators and students will examine ways to disrupt the current racist practices of our zero tolerance education system.

Learn more and register for these workshops here!

During our summer internship pilot, 21 student interns from across the Twin Cities metro were hired to conduct research and share their perspectives on what’s not working in education, as well as to provide recommendations on what needs to change in order to transform the current factory-model of schooling. The interns shared their remarkable and personal work at a symposium in August of 2019, providing proof of our concept.

Their work is featured here.