Video contest asks Connecticut students for ideas

On the heels of a legislative session that focused heavily on how to reform the state’s educational system, the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) and the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) are looking for more voices to join the conversation around transforming education. This time, however, they are looking for “student voices.”

Connecticut students in grades six through 12 are encouraged to work independently or in a small group (no more than three students) to create a one- to four-minute video that highlights their recommendations for transforming education in Connecticut. Whether it’s using more technology in the classroom or offering credit for internships, CAPSS and CAS want to know how it would help students to thrive in school.

First-, second- and third-place prizes and scholarships will be awarded in both the middle and high school divisions.

The Student Voices video contest was inspired by the CT NextEd Report, which provides a robust set of practical recommendations for how to re-imagine Connecticut’s educational system.

“In our discussions about educational policy and practice, we often forget to include the voices of the most important stakeholders in the work — the students,” Karissa Niehoff, CAS executive director, said. “In order to improve the learning experience and better meet the needs of each and every student, we must hear from them. They can often present the most authentic perspective about the learning experience and environment. Through this contest, we hope to catalyze an ongoing dialogue around actionable ways to enhance the learning experience for all of Connecticut’s students.”

CAPSS and CAS are accepting video submissions from Connecticut students for Student Voices until April 1. To learn more and to enter, visit

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