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Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council

The Superintendent's Student Advisory Council (SSAC) provides opportunities for students to serve as the student voice for their respective schools.

 

 

 

 

The mission of the SSAC is: 

  • To engage diverse student voices 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.

 

Structure, Mission and Alignment:

 

The SSAC consists of 2-4 students from each MPS high school. The council will be 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 facilitator.

 

 

 

 

The mission of the SSAC aligns with the district's Five Priorities for Success and features the following opportunities for students:

 

Priority 1: Increase Academic Achievement and Accountability

  • Research
  • Communication
  • Decision-making
  • Developing and applying critical thinking skills
  • Formulating ideas/concepts into action
  • Leading their peers
  • Being visible within the community

 

Priority 2:  Improve District and School Culture

  • Diversity within the membership of SSAC
  • Working as a cohesive group toward improving their schools and the cultures from within
  • Being a liaison between Administration and student body
  • To function as an integral component of change

 

Priority 3: Develop our Staff

  • Work with MPS Administrators, faculty and staff
  • To hear the student voice and interact accordingly
  • MPS teams with students on school and community projects

 

Priority 4: Strengthen Communication and Collaboration

  • Work together as a large diverse population
  • Speaking out/presenting
  • Implementing ideas
  • Discussion with internal administrations
  • Sharpen listening/reasoning skills
  • Advise MPS decision makers
  • Team-building skills

Purpose:

This plan is to clearly define the role of the SSAC, its mission and its goals. In addition, the 2019 – 2020 plan includes the syllabus to guide the council’s work and focus this school year. The mission is three-fold: 1.) to serve as the student voice for the Superintendent and the district in alignment with the district’s Five Priorities for Success. 2.) serves as an instructional component - allowing students to learn civic responsibility, communication, advocacy and leadership. 3.) provide opportunities for students to engage with MPS leaders and staff on a professional level, allowing them to be ambassadors for their school and community with the guidance of caring adults.

The SSAC supports Dr. Posley in forming a connection to each high school in the district, allowing for bilateral communication. The SSAC offers Dr. Posley a diverse team of student voices that meet regularly each month. The SSAC assists the Office of the Superintendent with capturing the pulse of what is happening in MPS high schools across the district, providing the district with a group of students that offer feedback in hopes of improving the high school experience for all students.

With Dr. Posley’s leadership, students will be respected as a functioning and recognized advocacy group at their school.

 


 

SSAC FAQ

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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 2019- 20 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. 2.5 GPA or better

  3. Willingness to collaborate with peers

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

  5. Skills exhibited in communication and presentation.

  6. Attend monthly meetings at MPS Central Office

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

  When and where are the meetings?

Students are scheduled to arrive at 4:30PM, with dinner and mingling among members until 5:00PM.  The business meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:00PM and adjourned 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: 414-475-8204
Email: partners@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Department of Strategic Partnerships and Customer Service

SSAC Meetings

September - 26th
Central Office Room 206/208

October - 31st
Central Office Room 206/208

November - 21st
Central Office Room 206/208

January - 23rd
Central Office Room 206/208

February - 20th
Central Office Room 206/208

April 23rd
Central Office Room 210/211

Twice during the year, the SSAC will meet for Leadership Development. Topics for the Leadership Development sessions will include:

 

  • November 7th - College and Career Readiness at South Division High School

  • March 19th - "Remembering the past in order to shape a better future." at the American Black Holocaust Museum - 411 W. North Ave, Milwaukee

Interested in being a member?

 

Join us by applying: SSAC Application 2020-21

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