From: The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) Montgomery, Ala. – Student interaction and interest in state level policies and programs are integral to education and to Plan 2020’s goals. Having a Student Advisory Council allows for direct input from our greatest stakeholder – the student.
The State Superintendent Student Advisory Council is a group of 16 middle or secondary school students (Grades 7-12) who will discuss how decisions made at the state level impact students throughout Alabama. Members are advisors that act as liaisons between the State Department of Education and the students of Alabama. Please visit http://www.alsde.edu/dept/forms/Pages/SAC.aspx for more information.
Members will gather input from their district on students’ needs or opinions on state level policies or directives. Council members will meet two or more times throughout the school year with the State Superintendent. The superintendent will bring any recommendations to the State Board of Education at a late spring meeting.
Students may apply for the advisory council at the beginning of each school year by obtaining an application from their school or by visiting http://www.alsde.edu/sec/comm/Related%20Documents/Application%20for%20State%20Superintendent%20Student%20Advisory%20Council%202016.pdf.
They should then upload the application to the Student Advisory Council website. No mailed applications will be accepted. The deadline for applications is September 5.
Members are chosen by a committee of Alabama State Department of Education and education organization representatives. Topics discussed by the Student Advisory Council could include: graduation and dropout rates; student leadership; communication and messaging; testing; school climate; and career and technical education.