Student interaction and interest in state level policies and programs utilized daily is integral to our work and to the goals of Plan 2020. 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 who discuss how decisions are made at the state level and affect students throughout Alabama. These students will directly provide student voice to the State Superintendent of Education on issues that affect them in our state.
The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) is pleased to announce the members of this year's State Superintendent Student Advisory Council.
The 2016-2017 selected council members are:
Eli Russell, Opp High School, Opp City Schools
Keenan Carter, W.P. Davidson High School, Mobile County Schools
Taylor Adams, Carroll High School, Ozark City Schools
Scott Nguyen, Ariton School, Dale County Schools
Ada Ruth Huntley, Chilton County High School, Chilton County Schools
Caleb Van Geffen, Oak Mountain High School, Shelby County Schools
Savana Marshall, Hale County High School, Hale County Schools
John Freeman, Echols Middle School, Tuscaloosa County Schools
Deztini Stevens, Monroe County High School, Monroe County Schools
Zy'Shawn James, Southside High School, Dallas County Schools
Meredith Mosley, Brindlee Mountain High School, Marshall County Schools
Naman Gupta, Austin High School, Decatur City Schools
Lauren Thigpen, Brooks High School, Lauderdale County Schools
Melcha Satchel Jr., Colbert County High School, Colbert County Schools
Richard Buchanan, Huntsville High School, Huntsville City Schools
Sophia White, Madison County Middle School, Madison County Schools
Members are chosen by a committee of Alabama State Department of Education and education organization representatives based on an approved rubric. Members will gather input from their district on students' needs or opinions on state-level policies or directives. Council members will meet two-three times throughout the school year (in person or virtually). The State Superintendent will then bring agreed upon recommendations to the State Board of Education at a late spring 2017 work session.
Topics discussed by the student advisory council could include:
· Technology needs
· Teacher training
· College- and career-readiness
· Dropout rate
· Student leadership
· Graduation requirements
· School climate
· Career and technical education, or any variety of issues or concerns students have.