About Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council
Originally started more than a decade ago by local leaders as Students for the Betterment of Education, the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC) has a solid track record of bringing in student voice to influence local education. The council encourages student input in the education process and develops young leaders as educational advocates. The advisory council is comprised of 11th- and 12th-graders from each high school in Mobile County.
Students meet monthly with the MCPSS superintendent. Students raise questions and concerns, and the superintendent works with district leaders to resolve every issue and to reassure the students that their voices are indeed being heard. The SSAC has brought student voice to a number of important initiatives over the past several years, contributing ideas and facilitating community meetings. The council has taken on such issues as class size, arts programs, state school funding, alcohol policies, commercialism in the schools and teacher quality.
Students receive professional training to ensure that members of the SSAC are prepared to address these issues effectively. Each year, the council has a weekend leadership development retreat, where they practice teamwork and goal-setting skills, as well as network with other council members.
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The Equity Project Student Report
The 2016 Equity Project is the third iteration of the student-led project that is facilitated by the Mobile Area Education Foundation. The project consists of two components: 1) High School Master Schedule Analysis and 2) High School Student Surveying. Over 1,600 high school students participated in the process. The Equity Report 2016
Through the Equity Project, students made the following findings:
Master Schedule Analysis
- Access to rigorous advanced courses varies significantly between high schools across the Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS) and does not appear to be related to school enrollment.
Equity Project Student Survey
-Most students reported that their school offered students an opportunity to be successful and provided challenging courses.
-Students indicated that the top two barriers to students learning in the classroom were lack of student engagement and bullying.
For more information on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, contact Michelle Parson.