Stephenson High School student Korey Varner was honored at the Student for Equitable Education (SEE) Summit on May 14. The 11th-grader was awarded a $300 gift card for his “Outstanding Contribution” to the Reimaging Education Grant College and Career Readiness Mobile Bus Design Team.

The SEE Summit is a national social justice summit envisioned and led by students from districts across the country. DeKalb County School District (DCSD) had six students that were part of the SEE Summit national planning committee—9th-grader SyAnne Duston and 10th-grader Morgan Shepperd of Stephenson High School, 10th-grader Chi Choo and 10th-grader Myra Furlow of Redan High School, DeKalb Early College Academy 11th-grader J’Avani Stinson, and DeKalb School of the Arts 12th-grader Tyosha Sheppard.

The SEE Summit engages students as leaders, designers, and facilitators of authentic professional learning for the education community. The summit is a celebration of students’ voice and leadership, deepening their understanding of how race, identity, and power influence the experiences that students have in schools, as well as building coalitions across differences to transform education.

The summit is organized by Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research. Last year, DCSD was accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking K-12 school districts organized by Digital Promise.