What Students Wish We Knew
Kyle Schwartz is entering her tenth year in education as a second-grade teacher at Doull Elementary in Denver, Colorado. Her first book, I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything for Our Kids focuses on realities that students face and how educators can respond to their students’ needs by building relationships. Her second book, I Wish for Change: Unleashing the Power of Kids to Make a Difference is a guide for educators, families, and mentors to help young people find a personal sense of power and use it to better their communities. In addition to teaching, Schwartz is a dedicated advocate for students. She has spoken nationally and internationally about supporting all students, differentiating instruction for students learning English, building strong classroom communities, and helping young people create change. For years, Schwartz asked her students the same beautifully simple question, what do you wish your teacher knew? When she finally shared this lesson online and it went viral, the response astounded her. In classrooms around the world, students opened up to their teachers and began to share their realities. Through messages from students of all ages, Schwartz will detail research about creating a sense of belonging, building relationships, and responding to students’ needs. After a crazy time of teaching virtually, in a socially distant classroom, and even both at the same time, Schwartz is eager to share strategies that work for ensuring that every student has a welcoming, supportive classroom.