Understanding School Districts

If schools use Meaningful Student Involvement as an organizing construct, they have to teach students about the structure of education, including school districts. In the United States and Canada, a school district is the governing administration unit serving a particular geographic area. Public school district boundaries are determined by state education agencies, and include between one and 100 […]

Port Jervis School District

In 1972, students and adults in Port Jervis School District in Port Jervis, New York, worked together to redesign the district’s schools. Activities Working with teachers, administrators, parents, school board members and community organization leaders the student/adult gathering had 125 participants. They came up with a list of education reforms that included: Making arrangements to distribute school newsletters […]

Vancouver School Board Student Trustee

The Vancouver School Board Student Trustee began their duty in 2013. The student trustee serves for one school year, and can be elected for two terms. According to Vancouver School Board policy, student trustees will… participate with other trustees in discussions, and provide a student perspective on matters before the Board present a Student Trustee report at the […]

Vancouver District Students’ Council

The Vancouver District Students’ Council, or VDSC, is a committee of dedicated student representatives from all 19 secondary schools and 22 alternative programs at the Vancouver School Board. The VDSC’s mandate is to provide student input in the planning and decision-making of the district. It is also an opportunity for students to develop leadership skills, work […]

Calgary Catholic School District Student Advisory Council

The Calgary Catholic School District Student Advisory Council, or SAC, is intended to build community among Calgary’s Catholic high schools. Each school is represented by two to three students who meet regularly throughout the district to exchange ideas pertaining to educational and social issues, while developing their personal leadership skills. Duties The SAC is a meaningful, consultative voice of the […]