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 in helping to assist with the decisions made by MPS administration.
- 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 as follows:
Structure, Mission, Alignment:
The SSAC council will be led by elected officers; nominated and selected by the membership. Students are selected with the goal of achieving academic, socio-economic and cultural diversity among members. The Alumni and Student Associate will serve as the SSAC facilitator.
The mission of the SSAC aligns with the district's Five Priorities for Success as follows:
- Increase Academic Achievement and Accountability by providing opportunities for students in:
- Developing and applying critical thinking skills
- Formulating ideas/concepts into action
- Leading their peers
- Being visible within the community
- 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
- Providing opportunities for students to function as an integral component of change
- Develop our Staff:
- Working with Administrators, faculty and staff
- Staff have opportunities to hear the student voice and interact accordingly
- Staff to work with students together on projects for their school and community
- Strengthen Communication and Collaboration:
- Working together as a large diverse population
- Speaking out/presenting
- Implementing ideas
- Discussion with internal administrations
- Sharpen listening/reasoning skills
- Provide opportunities for students to become advocates for MPS decision makers
- Team building skills
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 which will guide the council’s work and focus this school year. The mission is three-fold: to serve as the student voice for the Superintendent and the district in alignment with the district’s Five Priorities for Success. The SSAC also serves as an instructional component - allowing students to learn civic responsibility, communication, advocacy and leadership. Lastly, it provides opportunities for students to engage with MPS leaders and staff on a professional level, allowing them to be ambassadors for their school and community through the guidance of caring adults.
The SSAC will support Dr. Posley in forming a connection to each high school in the district allowing for bilateral communication. The SSAC will offer Dr. Posley a diverse team of student voices that, at present, exists and meets regularly each month. With Dr. Posley’s leadership, students will be respected as a functioning and recognized advocacy group at their school.
The SSAC provides the district with a group of students that will offer feedback in hopes of improving the high school experience for all students. The SSAC will support the Office of the Superintendent to capture the pulse of what is happening in MPS high schools across the district.
Interested in being a member? Join us by applying: Application 2019