Juneau's Student Advisory Board Gathers at Montana State University

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
By Allyson Hagen

Juneau's Student Advisory Board Gathers at Montana State University
Discussion Focuses on Strengthening Student Voices

Bozeman, MT - Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau will convene the State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board (SAB) Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10 and 11 in Bozeman at the Montana State University campus. The focus of the second meeting of this year's Student Advisory Board is how to better incorporate the voices of students in decision-making at Montana high schools.

“As adults, we often make policies without ever speaking with those who will be most impacted by our decisions—the students," said Superintendent Juneau. "Student voices are critical to understanding how to keep education relevant and engaging and ensure we are preparing students for the next steps in their lives."

The Student Advisory Board consists of 40 high school students from 30 Montana schools. The board members, in grades 9–12, are traveling from rural communities such as Wibaux and Twin Bridges and from large communities such as Billings and Missoula. The board was created as part of Superintendent Juneau's statewide initiative, Graduation Matters Montana.

The board members will be advising Superintendent Juneau on issues such as: how schools can better involve students in decisions around school rules and priorities, how to ensure students feel a sense of belonging and acceptance at school and which school and community activities are effective at supporting students. They will also focus on how to spread the "I pledge to graduate" initiative across the state. To date, more than 2,500 Montana students have taken the pledge to graduate from high school.

“When students feel that their lives, experiences, and aspirations are respected, when they are included in the decision-making processes, and when they have input into how their learning environment works, they are much more likely to be engaged and to graduate with the leadership and teamwork skills they need for their future,” Superintendent Juneau said.

The meeting is partly underwritten with the generous support of: Optimum's Power to Learn initiative, the Student Assistance Foundation, Northwestern Energy, Bozeman Comfort Inn and Montana State University.

Press is invited to attend the meeting between 10:15 AM – 12:30 PM, Wednesday, April 11 at the Stadium Club, Bobcat Stadium, MSU campus.

Additional information about the Student Advisory Board, including the agenda, is available on the Graduation Matters website: http://graduationmatters.mt.gov/studentadvisoryboard


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