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"If you're going to grow [and] improve your school, embracing the honesty of student voice is crucial in empowering students to become partners in that process." -Nikki Hinostro, Director of High Tech Middle School
High Tech High's name has become synonymous with project-based learning and 21st Century Skills. The 13-school network in San Diego attracts thousands of visitors each year who come to find inspiration for their own classrooms and school models. So where does a successful school system look when its leaders want to target and prioritize areas for growth? To outside consultants? Academic researchers? Or to those who have the largest stake in school success - the students themselves?
Oprah Winfrey delivered this inspiring commencement speech at Harvard University this summer. She shares her truths and emotions when her network was experiencing failure ("I felt I was stuck in a hole.").
She explains what it is like to rebound after a very public failure. "If you are constantly pushing yourself higher and higher, you will at some point fail." She goes on to explain that "failure is just life trying to move us in another direction."
Watch her speech (the story begins at minute 5:05) and hear this accomplished woman speak to us about writing the story of "who you want to be."
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