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Let’s ReThink education – and Youth will lead the way

Let’s ReThink education – and Youth will lead the way

In 2018, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation launched the Rethink ED conference to bring together all the stakeholders in education  business leaders, educators, parents, community leaders, high school students, and national experts  to help rethink education, by collaboratively creating tools, resources, and knowledge to better support

communities that empower the makers, doers, and dreamers in our communities and our students.


Now, in collaboration with Kauffman, KCSIC is bringing a virtual, youth-driven ReThink conference to Kansas City. This special event will focus on re-imagining, re-designing, re-building, and re-engaging the education system – all through the eyes and design of local students – catalyzing student voice and experience through a real world learning journey that includes planning, marketing and hosting this event themselves.

This is Kansas City’s first-ever virtual conference designed by students, and for students.

What is driving the ReThink project?


  • Accelerating student-centric influence and change
  • Catalyzing how stakeholders champion youth voice
  • Inspiring and supporting youth empowerment and advocacy


  • Utilizing student input to rethink and reimagine learning spaces
  • Equipping students with the tools and the language to transform education
  • Creating an atmosphere of inter-generational collaboration


  • Disruption has a place in the process
  • Democracy has a place in the classroom
  • Students have a place in educational leadership


Student voice is a term used in education that intentionally seeks out youth values, opinions, beliefs, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds of individual students and groups of students in a school; and to the instructional approaches and techniques that are based on student choice, interest, passion, and ambition.
Interested in learning more – contact the ReThink team at rethink@kcsic.org.

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