The learning curve - student writings, your writings!


  • PUSD’s Think Tank is a student-led initiative whose mission is to create a safe space for students to connect across campuses, raise consciousness about Pasadena’s history, and to provide a platform through which students can create equity within the district and the region.   
    In 2021, a group of students from PUSD’s Think Tank saw the importance of highlighting student voices and took it upon themselves to collect and document student narratives from the high schools within PUSD, and so The Learning Curve (TLC) was created. The Learning Curve (TLC) is a collection of unedited student narratives whose purpose is to shed light on student voices. Our Spring 2021 publication received over 70 submissions and we are working to collect a series of narratives for 2021-22. 
    Every PUSD student has a story that deserves to be heard — and there are so many more who have been left out. We encourage you to speak up and share your story.
    This work must continue, and students must be at the center of the conversation surrounding our own education. Please submit your story, and be sure to indicate whether you’d like to have: a) your name listed; b) your initials; or c) remain anonymous. 
    We look forward to publishing your story and sharing your concerns with PUSD’s teachers and administrators. 

    Thank you, Editors


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The Learning Curve - 2020-2021

  • How it came to be

    During one of the spring 2021 virtual meetings, the Think Tank's facilitator/writer Sehba Sarwar invited students to submit their personal stories of success or challenges experienced in the district since personal narratives are more impactful than graphs and statistics. 

    While working on their schoolwork and their committee research, Ella Uriu, Mya Hernandez, and Tamarie Johnson took the lead of not only submitting their own stories, but taking on the task of collecting and organizing stories from their campuses. Flyers were sent out, emails were drafted, Instagram Stories were posted, and teachers were recruited in an effort to reach students (special thanks Dr. Rustin, Mr. Resendiz, Ms. Moore, and Ms. Dao at Muir, and Ms. Garcia and Mr. Dakan at Blair). By Spring 2021, over 60 stories were collected and published in the anthology that has since been shared with PUSD leadership and with teachers at different campuses.

    The editorial team as well as the rest of the Think Tank realized that students have a strong desire to share their personal experiences and hardships. The Think Tank will continue to collect and publish work each year so stories are representative of the student population and the issues that they face each year. 

    By creating annual editions of the anthology, staff and community members can better understand the struggles that students undergo, and the district can begin to create an environment that better serves all students. 

    After getting adequate representation from all PUSD high schools, ideas are heading towards publishing / featuring the book at bookstores like Vroman’s as a fund and awareness-raiser. 

    Through our second year, the Think Tank editors continued the work of collecting student stories for a second volume of The Learning Curve. We once again created flyers, reached out to teachers, and encouraged our fellow peers to submit their stories. After many weeks of hard work, we had collected over 170 submissions.

    For the second volume, we decided to lightly edit the stories instead of keeping them in their raw form as we had done with the previous edition. A group of Think Tank students took on the additional challenge of editing each of the 128 pages currently featured in the anthology. While the stories have been slightly altered, the messages that they send stays constant: students want to and need to be heard. Our stories of lived experiences must be told and this critical work must continue. 


    2021-22 editors and graphic design artists: 

    Ella Uriu, Mya Hernandez, Morgan Gaskell, Jesus Gonzalez, Stephanie Barcenas, Sophia Chou, and Sehba Sarwar

    2020-21 Editors and graphic design artists:
    Ella Uriu, Mya Hernandez, Tamairie Johnson