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Public education in New York State is in trouble, and while we hear a lot about what politicians, educators and parents have to say about it, there is one group whose voice is often missing — the kids.

During the month of May, students from around New York state will take over Ed Speaks — a blog devoted to thoughtful discussion of the issues shaping public education in New York — and talk about why education is important to them. EducationSpeaks.org is looking for all different types of creative expression, including poems, pictures, videos and essays, so get those brain juices flowing!

Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 11.34.19 AMStudents may submit essays, videos, poems or drawings that highlight an aspect of education that is important to them. All entries should be newsworthy, constructive and thought-provoking and must be consistent to the Education Speaks commenting guidelines. All entries must contain the student’s name, school and grade. Submissions can be e-mailed to edspeaks@neric.org and must be received no later than 5 p.m. on April 19.

All submissions will be reviewed by the Education Speaks editorial board. The decision to run the submission on the Education Speaks blog will be based on the total amount received and the relevancy of the content. Selected entries will run on Education Speaks throughout the month of May 2013.

Formats:
Before submitting your entry, the following technical requirements must be met.

  • Written submissions: Any written submission should be kept to 500 words or less. It can be submitted in a Microsoft Word document, or as plain text in an e-mail.
  • Videos: All videos must be uploaded to YouTube and should be no longer than five (5) minutes in length. Please e-mail the URL, along with your name, school and grade, upon submission.
  • Pictures/Drawings: All pictures or drawings should be saved as a .jpeg and sent as an attachment in the e-mail.

Whether you are submitting an essay, poem, video or drawing – remember – quality counts! So, please be sure to edit before submission.

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