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The SSAC: Investing in our Future . . .

The Superintendent's Student Advisory Council (SSAC) represents a diverse team of student voices from each high school in the district. The purpose of this Council is for students to engage with the Superintendent in meaningful dialogue while sharing students' views and perspectives. Members of the SSAC must be willing to serve as advocates for all students.

About the SSAC . . .

Students from grades 10-12 are eligible to be members and should be willing to serve as members of their school's leadership council. The students who participate on the SSAC will play a critical role in the communication process between their school and the district. 

Purpose:

The purpose of the SSAC is to provide the Superintendent and senior staff members feedback on ways that the District could improve students' overall experiences in our schools and provide two-way communications between the Superintendent and the students. 

Members Role . . . 

  • To communicate honestly, openly, and directly with the Superintendent and other building administrators 
  • To encourage student engagem,ent throughout their school
  • To work collaboratively to help create a student culture of mutual respect
  • To provide feedback for improving the high school experience for all students

Mission of the SSAC:

  • To engage diverse student voices and to provide input on district initiatives.
  • To build student aptitude as it relates to communication, leadership, advocacy and civic engagement.
  • To create a sustainable difference at the students’ respective schools and positively impacting the district.
  • To communicate honestly, openly and directly with the Superintendant and other building administrators.

Structure and Alignment:

The SSAC consists of students from each MPS high school. The council is led by elected officers; nominated and selected by the membership. Students of the SSAC are selected with the goal of achieving academic, socio-economic and cultural diversity among members. The alumni and student engagement associate will serve as the SSAC advisor.



2022-2023 Restructuring of Communication Model and Implementation of the Student Voice Assembly (SVA)

In 2019, SSAC members from Audubon High School led a student cohort to restructure the communication process for Student Government across the district. Each subsequent year, the SSAC worked to further develop "a plan" to better the communication process between students and school leaders.  The rationale behind this project was to develop a system that elevates student voice for all high schools.  Led by school leadership, each high school will have one main student government - Student Voice Assembly - whereby students will discuss their feedback and perspective on topics that impact their schools. Students work collectively and collaboratively on issues that affect students overall, such as mental health and equity. A small group of ambassadors from each SVA will serve on the SSAC and attend the SSAC monthly meetings, thereby providing each school a direct pathway to the Superintendent.

Guiding principles include:

  • Bilateral communication between schools and the district
  • Encourage affinity groups to participate
  • Create equity between all high schools

Frequently Asked Questions

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  How do I apply to be a member of the SSAC?

See the right side of this web page for a link to the application for the 2022- '23 school year. Print and complete the form, then forward it to MPS Central Office at 5225 W Vliet Street, Room 131, Milwaukee, WI 53208, or scan it and email it to valdesd@milwaukee.k12.wi.us Directions of how to send it are located on the last page of the application. Note that all school principals have applications available.

  Is busing included to get to Central Office?

If you normally receive transportation to and from your school, you are eligible to receive transportation from your school to Central Office for the meetings, and then to your home address after the meeting.

  What are the criteria to be a member of the SSAC?

Application Guidelines

  1. Excellent school attendance

  2. Willingness to collaborate with peers

  3. Skills demonstrated in problem-solving, creative thinking, initiative, flexibility and a desire to inspire positive change

  4. Skills exhibited in communication and presentation.

  5. Attend monthly meetings at MPS Central Office

  6. Ability to balance coursework with extra-curricular and community activities

  When and where are the meetings?

Students are scheduled to arrive between 4:00PM and 4:30PM, and we will provide dinner while students mingle  until 4:30PM.  The business meeting is scheduled to begin at 4:30PM and adjourns at 6:30PM.  *Meetings are held at MPS District Office, 5225 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208

 

  What exactly do we do at the meetings?

Meeting agendas vary.  Agendas are created each month so students are able to tackle issues and concerns within the MPS community. SSAC student elected officers assist with setting the monthly agendas. 

Contact

Alumni Engagement Associate:
David Valdés

Phone: 414-475-8633
Email: valdesd@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Customer Service

Phone: 414-475-8285
Email: partners@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Department of Strategic Partnerships and Customer Service

SSAC Meetings

September 29, 2022
Central Office - Room 206/208

October 27, 2022
Central Office - Room 206/208

November 17, 2022
Via Zoom call

January 26, 2023
Central Office - Room 206/208

February 23, 2023
Central Office - Room 206/208

March 23, 2023
Central Office - Room 206/208

April 20, 2023
Central Office - Room 206/208

Leadership Development: dates to be announced

*All meetings will be at Central Office once a month. Transportation will be provided. 

Interested in being a member?

                   

Promo Video: https://youtu.be/ess0wxH4YT0

Join us by applying. Click here to access the application for 2022-2023

For a glimpse at the SSAC "Review 2021-22"

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