Kids First Oakland REAL HARD

In 2003, high school students with a program called REAL HARD in Oakland, California, designed and collected 1,000 report card surveys evaluating teaching, counseling, school safety and facilities at three local high schools.

These students, working with Oakland’s Kids First, compiled their findings, analyzed the results, and made concrete recommendations in an exciting, comprehensive report. The introduction to the report states,

“There are 48,000 youth in Oakland’s schools that are experts—who are in class every day and who have a lot to say about how the schools are run and how to improve our education… everyone wants to hear from the teachers and parents – but what about the students? Who asks our opinion? Why do we feel shut out, like no one cares what we think?”

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Published by Adam F. C. Fletcher

Adam is the founding director of SoundOut. An author, speaker and consultant, he has worked with K-12 schools, districts, nonprofits and others for more than 15 years. Learn more about him at

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