CPS Student Advisory Council 

  CPS Student Advisory Council Apply Now! Application Deadline is April 29, 2016

The student advisory council provides a forum for communication and recommendation between CPS students and the CEO concerning issues that are important to students and the District. As a part of the Council, students will share their voice on a variety of topics and work to create solutions for select District initiatives.

Program Snapshot

  • The Council will consist of a diverse group of approximately 20 high school students, representing various areas of the city (south, west, north) and school types (including charter and option schools).
  • Students will be selected via an open application process based on his or her vision and passion for creating change, rationale for wanting to join the Council, unique perspective they would bring to the Council, and past service to community and/or school
  • Completed applications are due Friday, April 29 by 5:00pm
  • There will be a student-led group interview on Thursday, May 12 from 4:30 - 7:00pm at CPS Central Office, 42 West Madison, Garden Level
  • Selected students will be notified via email the week of Monday, May 16 if they have been selected
  • The first meeting with CPS district leaders and current CPS SAC members will be held on Saturday, May 14, 12 to 2pm
  • Students will serve from June, 2016 - May, 2017. From June - August, 2016 students will participate in a paid summer internship (16 - 20 hours a week) with Mikva Challenge

 

CPS Student Advisory
Council Application
  CPS Student Advisory Council
Recommendation Form
 

Benefits to Students

  • Have a direct role in improving your school and CPS for all students
  • Gain important leadership, public speaking, decision making and team skills
  • Have access to a network of supporters and mentors through exposure to leaders at CPS and in the city of Chicago
  • Great addition to resumes and college applications

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

  • Must have been a CPS high school student for a total of at least 1 year by June 2016
  • Must complete the online application: CPS Student Advisory Council Application 2016 by Friday, April 29 at 5:00pm
  • Must provide a recommendation from a non-family member adult who can speak to your work ethic, character and team work skills (e.g. teacher, mentor, community organization, guidance counselor, etc.) Recommendation can be filled out here: CPS SAC Recommendation Form
  • Must attend group interview on Thursday, April 28 from 4:30 to 7:00pm at CPS Central Office, 42 West Madison. Ventra cards will be provided once students arrive to the session.

All students applying must also apply for One Summer Chicago by Friday April 29.
Please follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to www.onesummerchicago.org
  2. Click on <summer jobs>
  3. Click on <Apply>
  4. Register
  5. One the first page, before the actual application, on the bottom of the page it says "for office use only"  In that box fill in "chi2016"
  6. You should fill out the application normally
  7. When you get to the options tab which is #5 you must do TWO things:

A. Check the box that says "City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services"

B. On the bottom of the page check the box that says "Department of Family and Support Services (SYEP)"  

Submission Information

  • Completed applications, including adult recommendation must be submitted by 5:00pm on Friday, April 29
  • CPS Student Advisory Council Application Here
  • Recommendation Form Here
  • All students must also apply for One Summer Chicago. Below are the instructions to apply. This is very important in order to get paid for summer work with Mikva Challenge.

Important Dates

     

 

Student Advisory Council Members

School: Rickover Naval Academy
Along with being a member of the CEO Student Advisory Council, Adelina is also Rickover's Battalion Commander and captain of the girls swim team and engineer on the Robotics team. As a member of the SAC she hopes to ensure that student voice is heard throughout the district. Adelina also hopes to be an impactful representative of all students in CPS. One day she aspires to study medicine and become a surgeon.
School: Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
School: Walter Payton College Preparatory
School: Lindblom Math & Science Academy
School: Whitney Young Magnet
School: Northside College Preparatory
Christopher Kim is currently a senior at Northside College Preparatory High School. His desire to increase student voice within the district in order to improve the quality of education for Chicago Public School students and gain experience in policy making led him to the CPS CEO Student Advisory Council. Apart from his work on the CPS CEO Student Advisory Council, he has worked with state legislators to integrate student feedback in the state on the Illinois State Board of Education Student Advisory Council. He is secretary of his school's Model United Nations team and volunteers for World Relief Chicago where he tutors young refugees from various foreign countries. During his free time, he enjoys classical literature, beach volleyball, and singing with his family. Christopher lived abroad in Shanghai and Beijing, China and Tokyo, Japan for most of his elementary school years and lived in California before moving to Chicago in 2014. These experiences developed his passion for public policy, international relations, and law which he plans to pursue in college.
School: Jones College Preparatory
I am a senior at Jones College Prep and will be attending Davidson College in the Fall with a plan to major in Political Science. I have always been passionate about education and have worked both at the community and policy level. In my community, I started a college assistance program designed to assist current high school students in the college application process. At the policy level, I serve as the CPS Student Representative on the Board. I love learning and wish to provide others with a satisfying educational experience that allows them to reach their fullest potential. A fun fact is that I really enjoy Spanish literature and authors and hope to minor in Spanish.
School: Richards Career Academy
Demaro Jones has won the National NCU President's Award and will attend Embry Riddle in Florida. A fun fact about Demareo is that he knows how to bake a cake using pancake mix.
School: Prosser Career Academy

School: Simpson Academy
Achievements: Class President, 1st ranked senior, WTS Youth participant, Transportation YOU Summit Winner in Washington, D.C College

Attending: Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL - Post plans: Fall 2016 I plan to continue my education at NIU reaching for a Bachelor's in Engineering. Fun Fact: I am a mother.

School: Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
This summer, I spent two months interning in Jalna, India as a World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Intern. I currently am Valedictorian of my class, as well as class president. I have been recognized for my research in engineering heat exchangers, developing alternative fuels, and improving rice growth to fight hunger in rural India. Recently, I was named an Illinois Scholar in Career and Technical Education. I am either attending University of Illinois to study agricultural and biological engineering, or Northwestern University to study science in human culture as pre-med. Either way, I hope to obtain a career fighting world hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. Fun Fact - I got a chocolate rose from Chris Soules! (Guy from the previous season of the Bachelor.)
School: Amundsen High School
School: Von Steuben Metropolitan Science
School: Chicago Vocational Career Academy (CVCA)
My Name Is Rashaye Moss and I am a representative for my school CVCA on the student advisory council for the board of Ed. I want to give my opinion on school quality and make a change in my school as well as my community. And creating an approach that involves young people in community based learning through building intentional opportunities and skills that apply democracy in action. youth civic engagement is taking place in schools and community groups through service-based projects. And this happens to be one being apart of this council meeting with our Chief Executive Officer of the board of education. We are here to be informed empowered and active on the things that goes on in our community and with youth today. I think about the youth who struggle like me and sometimes do not have nowhere to go. They struggle like I have and want to do more than what they use too. And I want to not only help them but educate them on great opportunities like mikva challenge. I am not only a leader. I am a powerful educated youth who want more for herself and to make a change in the world today.
School: Foreman College and Career Academy
School: Perspectives High School

School: Jones College Preparatory
Lin is involved in a variety of volunteering and fundraising events with several Chinese American community organizations. She helped found the first Chinatown Youth League Council with Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community. She took part in Mikva Challenge's Education Council and created a guidebook for improving student culture utilizing student voice, expertise, and passion. At the Adler Civic Hack event in 2014, the Education Council created SCCoogle.com, a search engine for the Student Code of Conduct, and won the Best Youth Hack Award.

Lin serves as a student advisory member for the CEO of Chicago Public Schools and the Illinois State Board of Education. She was also selected to be on the High School Working Group for CPS. Lin's current project, as a steering committee member at Generation All, is to launch an action plan to unite Chicagoans to revitalize neighborhood public high schools. Lin will be a Political Science major at University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign as a Chez Scholar.

Fun fact: Lin immigrated from China, but grew up in Utah and Mississippi.

Recommendations for CPS District Leaders

The Student Advisory Council developed nine recommendations for CPS district leaders in the summer of 2015. The following chart analyzes progress, where evident, towards those recommendations and opportunities for continued improvement.

It is important to note that many of these recommendations are very specific to the school or classroom-level (particularly Recommendations #3, 4, 7, 8, 9). In these cases, it is not feasible to mandate such level of specificity.

Student Advisory Council Recommendations Progress to Date Opportunity for Continued Improvement

1.) High school class curriculum should be relevant to student lives and everyday issues. Offer teachers professional development and resources so that they can create lesson plans that relate to students so they can find a connection between what they learn in class to their outside lives.

Recently, the CPS minimum graduation requirements were amended to include at least one semester of civics, 2 curriculum based service learning projects, Computer Science, and changes to the arts/music elective credits. The civics and service learning project changes allow students to analyze issues in their communities and use classroom learning to create change on those issues. The Computer Science change will promote equity in access to courses that prepare students for 21st Century jobs. The arts/music elective changes will allow students to pursue these areas of focus in greater depth by abolishing the need to take an elective of each type of course.

Also, CPS is developing a project plan for creating a High School curriculum.

Student voice should be included in the development of a HS curriculum. Recommendations will be made to the CPS high school curriculum planning team.

CPS will continue to support teachers in making classrooms student-centered and increase opportunities for students to have a voice in their classrooms. and schools. This is supported by the REACH teacher evaluation as teachers can only receive distinguished ratings if there is student ownership and voice in their classrooms.

2.) Hosting conferences throughout the school year to create awareness and tolerance of the differences among students in order to fight against stereotypes and –isms. This taught tolerance should have a classroom component as well, linking lessons to awareness of different experiences lived by people around the world and their importance.

While CPS leadership agrees with the sentiment and purpose of this recommendation, conferences are costly and challenging in that they only serve a limited number of CPS students.

More research to identify classroom resources and programming that can be initiated both in schools and between schools. These can include virtual and in-school exchanges.

The district’s annual Student Leadership Conference is one opportunity to work towards increased awareness and development of community among students. CPS Student Advisory Council students are invited to attend and to present a session at the conference.

3.) To improve student-teacher relationships, at the beginning of the year students can fill out a survey with contact information, education background, preferred way to learn, languages spoken at home, medical or health concerns, pet peeves, internet access at home, after school jobs and activities.

While there is no district-wide survey, many teachers have students and families complete surveys such as these to learn more about their students at the beginning of the year.

We might consider strengthening items on the 5Essentials survey to capture students’ perceptions of relationships with educators as well as the degree to which they experience opportunities for voice in their schools.

4.) Establish an environment that celebrates all the cultures of students by artwork, clubs, and projects that encourage students to share their cultures with the school and other students.

 

CPS School Climate Standards ask school staff to consider how they reflect diverse student cultures and backgrounds in their school space. This year, 200 schools completed a self-assessment reflecting on their practice toward developing positive school climate.

There are many schools that host Cultural Bazaars, International Weeks, Art Fairs, etc. to promote multiculturalism and the arts. CPS can work to promote more of these events via Twitter and the CPS Blog to help highlight them and encourage other schools to follow suit.

5.) Expand Student Voice Committees to each school for more student involvement in high school building and classes.

For the past 4 years CPS has been directly supporting the development and growth of Student Voice Committees. When we initiated this work we began with 12. Today there are 47 active SVCs in High Schools and 12 in Middle Schools.

Create better means for cross-communication and collaboration between the Student Advisory Council and the Student Voice Committees in schools. The Student Advisory Council can support these efforts by attending the annual Student Leadership Conference and quarterly student voice networking events. They can share their projects and seek input from student voice leaders.

6.) A room in each school designated to restorative justice practices including a student peace room.

Seventy schools have received a Restorative Practice coach this year. These coaches often lead peace rooms as well as develop other Restorative Practices in the school.

CPS offers all schools training in Restorative Practice 101, Peace Circles, Peer Conference, Restorative Alternatives to Suspension.

For students to consider: What are ways that all schools can engage students in prevention of conflicts, restorative practices and conflict resolution, even if they don't have a physical peace room?

For District to consider: Continue training and working with schools to expand Restorative Practices.

7.) Staff should encourage self-esteem and a positive relationship by having an open door policy, personally greeting students, and having daily “check-ins” at the beginning of class.

 

The District offers all schools training in developing positive school and classroom climates, relationship-building, etc. Nearly 1,000 teachers this year were trained in a classroom management approach that focuses on building positive relationships with students. In addition, 120 teachers were trained this year in "Check In Check Out", which is a daily check-in strategy for students who need additional supports. CPS has also developed training and materials for teachers to use to strengthen relationships and community in their classrooms.

Finally, the District is developing a Restorative Practices in the classroom guide for teachers that is focused on many of these types of practices to address relationship building.

The District can invite the CEO Student Advisory Council and Student Voice Committees to review and provide feedback on the Restorative Practices in the classroom guide prior to its release.

8.) In order for teachers and students to build a better relationship, they can schedule one-on-one meetings after or during school once a semester during lunch or free periods if teachers schedules are abiding.

As mentioned with recommendation 7, teachers are provided training on relationship building in general. Overall, though, this recommendation is a school and classroom-level practice.

For students to consider: develop a workshop to be presented at CPS annual Student Leadership Conference to help student leaders develop plans and craft proposals to support relationship building between students and staff.

9.) A box in each classroom where students can put in notes with feedback and recommendations for the teacher with a space for the student to put their name.

As mentioned with recommendation 7, teachers are provided training on relationship building in general. Overall, though, this recommendation is a school and classroom-level practice.

For students to consider: develop a workshop to be presented at CPS annual Student Leadership Conference to help student leaders develop plans and craft proposals to support relationship building between students and staff.

Questions?

Please contact: Cristina Salgado via email at ccsalgado@cps.edu, Student Voice Coordinator, Department of Social Science and Civic Engagement.

Student Advisory Council Members

School: Rickover Naval Academy
Along with being a member of the CEO Student Advisory Council, Adelina is also Rickover's Battalion Commander and captain of the girls swim team and engineer on the Robotics team. As a member of the SAC she hopes to ensure that student voice is heard throughout the district. Adelina also hopes to be an impactful representative of all students in CPS. One day she aspires to study medicine and become a surgeon.
School: Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
School: Walter Payton College Preparatory
School: Lindblom Math & Science Academy
School: Whitney Young Magnet
School: Northside College Preparatory
Christopher Kim is currently a senior at Northside College Preparatory High School. His desire to increase student voice within the district in order to improve the quality of education for Chicago Public School students and gain experience in policy making led him to the CPS CEO Student Advisory Council. Apart from his work on the CPS CEO Student Advisory Council, he has worked with state legislators to integrate student feedback in the state on the Illinois State Board of Education Student Advisory Council. He is secretary of his school's Model United Nations team and volunteers for World Relief Chicago where he tutors young refugees from various foreign countries. During his free time, he enjoys classical literature, beach volleyball, and singing with his family. Christopher lived abroad in Shanghai and Beijing, China and Tokyo, Japan for most of his elementary school years and lived in California before moving to Chicago in 2014. These experiences developed his passion for public policy, international relations, and law which he plans to pursue in college.
School: Jones College Preparatory
I am a senior at Jones College Prep and will be attending Davidson College in the Fall with a plan to major in Political Science. I have always been passionate about education and have worked both at the community and policy level. In my community, I started a college assistance program designed to assist current high school students in the college application process. At the policy level, I serve as the CPS Student Representative on the Board. I love learning and wish to provide others with a satisfying educational experience that allows them to reach their fullest potential. A fun fact is that I really enjoy Spanish literature and authors and hope to minor in Spanish.
School: Richards Career Academy
Demaro Jones has won the National NCU President's Award and will attend Embry Riddle in Florida. A fun fact about Demareo is that he knows how to bake a cake using pancake mix.
School: Prosser Career Academy

School: Simpson Academy
Achievements: Class President, 1st ranked senior, WTS Youth participant, Transportation YOU Summit Winner in Washington, D.C College

Attending: Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL - Post plans: Fall 2016 I plan to continue my education at NIU reaching for a Bachelor's in Engineering. Fun Fact: I am a mother.

School: Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
This summer, I spent two months interning in Jalna, India as a World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Intern. I currently am Valedictorian of my class, as well as class president. I have been recognized for my research in engineering heat exchangers, developing alternative fuels, and improving rice growth to fight hunger in rural India. Recently, I was named an Illinois Scholar in Career and Technical Education. I am either attending University of Illinois to study agricultural and biological engineering, or Northwestern University to study science in human culture as pre-med. Either way, I hope to obtain a career fighting world hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. Fun Fact - I got a chocolate rose from Chris Soules! (Guy from the previous season of the Bachelor.)
School: Amundsen High School
School: Von Steuben Metropolitan Science
School: Chicago Vocational Career Academy (CVCA)
My Name Is Rashaye Moss and I am a representative for my school CVCA on the student advisory council for the board of Ed. I want to give my opinion on school quality and make a change in my school as well as my community. And creating an approach that involves young people in community based learning through building intentional opportunities and skills that apply democracy in action. youth civic engagement is taking place in schools and community groups through service-based projects. And this happens to be one being apart of this council meeting with our Chief Executive Officer of the board of education. We are here to be informed empowered and active on the things that goes on in our community and with youth today. I think about the youth who struggle like me and sometimes do not have nowhere to go. They struggle like I have and want to do more than what they use too. And I want to not only help them but educate them on great opportunities like mikva challenge. I am not only a leader. I am a powerful educated youth who want more for herself and to make a change in the world today.
School: Foreman College and Career Academy
School: Perspectives High School

School: Jones College Preparatory
Lin is involved in a variety of volunteering and fundraising events with several Chinese American community organizations. She helped found the first Chinatown Youth League Council with Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community. She took part in Mikva Challenge's Education Council and created a guidebook for improving student culture utilizing student voice, expertise, and passion. At the Adler Civic Hack event in 2014, the Education Council created SCCoogle.com, a search engine for the Student Code of Conduct, and won the Best Youth Hack Award.

Lin serves as a student advisory member for the CEO of Chicago Public Schools and the Illinois State Board of Education. She was also selected to be on the High School Working Group for CPS. Lin's current project, as a steering committee member at Generation All, is to launch an action plan to unite Chicagoans to revitalize neighborhood public high schools. Lin will be a Political Science major at University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign as a Chez Scholar.

Fun fact: Lin immigrated from China, but grew up in Utah and Mississippi.

Questions?

Please contact: Cristina Salgado via email at ccsalgado@cps.edu, Student Voice Coordinator, Department of Social Science and Civic Engagement.

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