Webcast: Student voice, engagement and mental health


On this week's webcast, "Behind the Headlines," four Palo Alto and Gunn high school students join education reporter Elena Kadvany to talk about their experiences with issues like student voice, engagement and mental health. The student-guests were Emma Cole, Paly's 2015-16 school-board representative; Grace Park, Gunn's 2015-16 school-board representative; David Tayeri, Paly's 2016-17 representative; and Ankit Ranjan, Gunn's 2016-17 representative.

Watch this week's webcast here.

Webcasts are posted every Friday afternoon on, as well as on Palo Alto Online's YouTube channel,

Check out previous weeks' episodes:

Behind The Headlines: DA's fatal police shooting report & Cash flows into the Assembly race

Behind the Headlines: Teacher Compensation in Palo Alto

Behind The Headlines: To the rescue -- Disaster volunteers prepare

Behind The Headlines: Size Matters -- Student-to-teacher ratios in Palo Alto

Behind the Headlines: Transportation: problems and solutions

Behind the Headlines: Taxi struggles and Eichler disputes

Behind The Headlines: Palo Alto considers full-day kindergarten

Behind The Headlines: State Assembly District 24 -- A look at the candidates

Behind The Headlines: College Terrace challenge Stanford toxic study

Behind the Headlines: Inside the Brock Turner case

Behind the Headlines: Tackling Palo Alto's housing and traffic problems

Behind the Headlines: Dr. Steven Adelsheim on youth mental health

Behind the Headlines: Renaming movement, Addison Donation, Office Cap

Behind the Headlines: "State of the City" with Mayor Pat Burt

Behind the Headlines: Bridging the gap - Understanding Palo Alto's Chinese community

Behind the Headlines: Growing up Undocumented

Behind the Headlines: Talking Sustainability with Gil Friend

Behind the Headlines: Secondary dwelling units, New school proposal

Behind the Headlines: Stanford University and Sexual Assault, Prepping for the Super Bowl

Behind the Headlines: Development at Stanford Research Park; police and the mentally ill

Behind the Headlines: Divisive mayoral election; fatal police shooting

Behind the Headlines: The year's best and worst movies

Behind the Headlines: 2015 Year in Review

Behind the Headlines: Inside Palo Alto's Emergency Center

Behind the Headlines: Undisclosed new-school proposal; groundwater pumping

Behind the Headlines: Buena Vista owner sues City; New plans for public-safety center

Behind the Headlines: Palo Alto Fire Department changes

Behind the Headlines: Midtown bicycle paths; Transgender youth

Behind the Headlines: New school proposed for Palo Alto

Behind the Headlines: Tension within governing boards

Behind the Headlines: Affordable housing; Transportation initiatives

Behind the Headlines: Paly teacher investigation

Behind the Headlines: Stanford students' activism against sexual assault

Behind the Headlines: Preserving retail; capping office development

Behind the Headlines: Transportation tax; Fiber to the Premise

Behind the Headlines: Fall Arts Preview

Behind the Headlines: Police conduct on campuses; new parkland

Behind the Headlines: Minimum wage; airplane noise


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4 people like this
Posted by Sarah1000
a resident of Los Altos
on Jun 4, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Thanks, Elena for this enlightening conversation. Your question about mental health led to some surprising comments. This video is a definite "must-see" for our community.

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Posted by Marc Vincenti
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jun 4, 2016 at 2:20 pm

Marc Vincenti is a registered user.

Thank you to Ms. Kadvany, the Weekly, and these wonderful Gunn and Paly students--going above and beyond the call of duty in response to circumstances that cry out for understanding.
You're thoughtful and articulate--shedding light in our shared darkness.
Marc Vincenti
Gunn English dept. (1995-2010)
Campaign Coordinator
Save the 2,008

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Posted by Questions
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2016 at 7:24 pm

Did anyone talk to students whose parents are from China? Were they even allowed to be interviewed, video'd? It seems a rather large minority of the suicides were children of Chinese immigrants.

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