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Michael Niehoff @mwniehoff

Michael Niehoff @mwniehoff

Michael Niehoff has been a educator for 25 years. His students, programs & schools have been recognized by Apple, Google, CUE, NASSP, NOD, AMAE, CLHS, CSBA, CVCUE, CADA and JEA. He is the founding principal of the award-winning, project-based Minarets High School. He is a regular blogger for USC Rossier Online, edsocialmedia, SmartBlog on Education, and Educational Technology & Mobile Learning, as well with his own Edu Change & Advocacy blog. He is a Google Certified Innovator, CUE Lead Learner & Buck Institute National Faculty member. He is a past CUE/CVCUE Site Leader of the Year and ACSA Principal of the Year. Follow him on Twitter @mwniehoff.

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As a graduate journalism student over 20 years ago, I worked on a thesis project centered on education reform news reporting. I was analyzing how often education reporters included students in their stories about education. Probably no surprise….it was almost non-existent.

Traditionally, no entity has ignored their primary customer, consumer or constituent more than education with students. I was fortunate enough early on as a beginning teacher to discover the power of student voice and student-generated ideas. Throughout my career, I have always benefited from asking my students what they thought, what they are interested in and where they would like things to go.

If we are serious about providing each and every student a truly transformational 21st century education, then we may want to consider the following five areas for asking our students what they think should be done:

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