The central focus of this dissertation is the schooling experiences of a small group of culturally and linguistically diverse students. The problem this study addresses is the relative absence of "student voice" in broader conversations about successful teacher preparation for culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. Conceptual and empirical literature on culturally responsive pedagogy, student voice and experience are reviewed as a means of situating the study. The theoretical framework incorporates sociocultural theories on teaching and learning, as well as sociological conceptions of childhood. Sixteen elementary school students attending public suburban, urban, and charter schools participated in this study. Primary data sources include transcripts from individual in-depth interviews and focus group conversations, and elicited student drawings. The qualitative research traditions of phenomenology and narrative analysis influenced data interpretation. Findings are presented thematically, and four overarching themes were identified. Each of the four findings chapters speaks to the students' experiences with learning, their peers, their teacher, and voice, both in the classroom and the research process itself. The perspectives shared by participants provide powerful glimpses into effective schooling for `other people's children' (Delpit, 1995).