Blog: School

Isaura Greene

7th grader stands up for what she believes in

One day in seventh grade, my friend Sydney stood up for what she believed in. She went up to the philosophy and social studies teachers for the lower-classmen in my school, Great River School, and asked if there was a GSA, which stands for Gay-Straight Alliance.

Vang Thao

What do Driver's Ed and Spider-Man have in common?

A lot of teens groan at the thought of having to take a Driver’s Education class just to get a permit and then a license. Some often wonder why we need Driver’s Ed.

Isaura Greene

Picking apples, making lip balm and shoveling llama poop for school

For most kids, the start of a school year is exciting. But for those who are new to a school, it can be nerve-wracking. The upper classmen are intimidating with their make-up, their dyed hair, their low-cut shirts and their baggy pants. “Tall kids, short kids, so many kids!” as Dr. Seuss might’ve said.

Lorna Liu

Only 275 days of school left

School: for some, it’s the dreadful period after summer. For others, it’s a time to see old friends and socialize. For me, it’s time to start work.


ThreeSixty Journalism reporter produces online and radio story for Minnesota Public Radio

It is a proud day here at ThreeSixty Journalism. Grace Pastoor, one of our veteran reporters, had her voice grace the airwaves at 6:50 and 8:40 a.m. this morning on Minnesota Public Radio with a fantastic story about bullying from the teen perspective.

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What would teens say about education if they could make a rap or spoken word video about it?

The Get Schooled Foundation, a nonprofit that partners celebrity role models with urban youth to encourage kids to stay in school, is giving teens a cool opportunity to speak from their hearts about h

Junior Edwin Flowers and Principal Liz Wynne at Twin Cities Academy

Expecting more of our young black men -- and ourselves

When Edwin Flowers started attending Twin Cities Academy as a freshman, he figured that he’d catch some breaks since the principal is African-American like Edwin.

Liz Wynne quickly corrected that assumption. “I’m going to be harder on you,” she warned. “You’ve got to set an example for the younger students.”

Mind you, Edwin wasn’t a role model at the time. He was creative, funny, often in trouble for talking in class and so far behind in math he had essentially given up. Two and a half years later, he has a 3.65 GPA and a busy schedule as a basketball player, spoken word artist and ThreeSixty writer.


One caring adult sometimes comes on-line

For those of us who are decades away from high school, it’s easy to forget the loneliness and downright misery for teens who stick out in uncomfortable ways.

Goth, geek, thug, fag, fatso, retard — the terms are fired like bullets. And technology amplifies the hurt into a kind of echo chamber. Thanks to texting, Facebook and e-mail, insults follow students home and broadcast them to a wide network of peers.


How to get a teen to read? Relevance and publication.

I was confounded when I learned that Minneapolis high school students pass the state writing test at a much higher rate than they pass the required reading test.

How can this be? Reading prepares us to write. We teach children to recognize and sound out letters before we teach them to imitate letters with pencil on paper.

New technologies or core skills? Summer camps require a balance.

As I organize schedules for our summer camps, I feel the pull between providing plenty of time for teens to practice the core process of reporting and making sure that they try other important storytelling tools.

Done correctly, journalism is a rigorous process. 1. Focus the story. 2. Find the sources. 3. Do the research. 4. Conduct the interviews. 5. Organize the notes. 6. Write the story.