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Agenda

The Rethink Youth conference will bring together students 15 years and older to engage in a 1+ day convening to explore and shape the future of education from a learner’s lens. Rethink everything.

February 25, 2021 | 4:00-6:00 p.m.

  • Kickoff: Conference opener and welcome address.
  • Panel: Student-moderated panel featuring local experts on “The Role of Youth Voice in Kansas City’s Regional Prosperity.”
  • Design Charrette: Student-led design thinking session on elevating their voice in and out of school.

February 26, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • Kickoff: Conference opener and welcome address.
  • Student Spotlight: Student choice and voice exhibits:
    • Art and Animation
    • Rethink Youth Mural
  • Student-led sessions: 10 student-led breakout sessions:

Choose Your Own Adventure

Breakout Block 1

(Choose 1 of 3)


Fort Osage (Team A)

A Case for Fairness – Redesigning Grading Systems to Better Connect with Different Learners

In this session, students will address current grading systems in place. The team will make a case for how grading does not always represent what students have learned and should also be based on different learning styles.


Hogan Preparatory Academy

Gamification – Adding Excitement to the Curriculum

Students argue that the current curriculum does not address the needs of all learners, and that this type of exclusion creates an uncomfortable environment for some students which can have a negative effect on student achievement.

In this session, students will look at how learning styles are acknowledged but not taken into account during instruction.


Raytown + Raytown South High Schools

Redefining Gifted Understanding that All Students Are Special

Current gifted models exclude students who are gifted in ways traditionally not seen as academic, and that schools should recognize students who are on technical, artistic, and/or military track and pathways.

Breakout Block 2

(Choose 1 of 4)


Crossroads Preparatory Academy

Real World Learning – Connecting the Classroom to the World Outside

In this session, students will explore what Real World Learning (RWL) is and its benefits in schools, including the effect it has on critical thinking, decision-making, and life skills. How might schools better prepare students to find their place in the world beyond school?


Fort Osage (Team B)

Time for Change – Searching for Homework Alternatives

Homework has become outdated “busy work” and lost its effect on student learning.

In this session, students will address the current homework structure in place, explore alternatives to homework, and share different methods that contribute to mastery of what is taught in class.


De La Salle Education Center

Get to Know Me A Case for Teachers Better Connecting with Students

Students spend a lot of time in schools, an average of 6 hours a day, so it is important for teachers to build connections with their students beyond handing out assignments.

In this session, students will explore the different ways that teachers can develop stronger connections with their students, and how those connections affect student success and performance.


Northeast High School

Ultimate Connection Can You Teach Me if You Don’t Look Like Me?

In this session, students will explore the benefits associated with racial identities between teachers and students. Students will discuss the pros and cons of racial connectedness between teachers and students and look for the connection between student performance and same-race educators.

Breakout Block 3

(Choose 1 of 3)


East High School

Urban Farming – Strategies for Combating Food Insecurity in Schools

In this session, students will focus on the effect that food insecurity has on student achievement and whether students with better access to food perform better in schools. Students will look at strategies for addressing food insecurities in high school through hydroponic and urban farming.


Liberty High School

Learning Styles – Creating an Environment for Everyone

Students argue that the current curriculum does not address the needs of all learners, and that this type of exclusion creates an uncomfortable environment for some students which can have a negative effect on student achievement.

In this session, students will look at how learning styles are acknowledged but not taken into account during instruction.


Liberty North High School

Exploring Post-Secondary Pathways Early We Don’t Have to Wait

Schools wait to allow students to explore Real World Learning (RWL) and possible post-secondary options.

In this session, students will look at the benefits of starting RWL-based instruction during their freshman year of high school.

  • Closing/What’s next

This special event is designed for students, by students, and all are welcome. Students, register here >

Curious adults, learners, and education stakeholders are welcome to tune in to observe. Register here >

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