WHAT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL (SAC)?
The SAC is made up of 12-14 students, in grades 9-12, who currently attend Walla Walla High School, Lincoln High School, Opportunity Program or Walla Walla Online. The advisory council was developed to intentionally seek out and respond to the specific needs of Walla Walla Public Schools high school students. Now, more than ever, student voice at the district table is critical as we respond to the pandemic and seek out ways to reimagine and improve our schools to better support students.
To ensure a broad representation of students who reflect the district’s diverse student body, student representatives from specific clubs/organizations (e.g. AVID, Blue Devil Strong, Friends of Wa-Hi, Girls’ League, Green Club, GSA, Latino Club, SSJ & others), a representative from the WaHi ASB executive council, in addition to students at large from all sites, are encouraged to apply. Students participating in SAC will work alongside Superintendent, Dr. Wade Smith, and other district leaders as they seek out ways to improve the school experience for students. Additionally, through their engagement, SAC participants develop leadership and policy making skills.
WHAT IS SAC’S PRIMARY ROLE AND WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT?
The WWPS Student Advisory Council meets monthly throughout the school year. Additional meetings may be necessary. As a member of SAC, participants:
- Identify obstacles and proffer solutions related to student equity, access and culture through a district-wide lens
- Provide input and guidance to the Superintendent and their Cabinet team when changes are being considered by the district
- Advocate and help advance student-led initiatives and ideas that impact districtwide operations and programs
- Work collectively to maximize the experience for current and future Walla Walla Public Schools students
2020-21 Advisory Council Student-identified Initiatives
- Developing and providing cultural competence and educator bias training for staff that includes lived student voice/experiences (Priority Initiative)
- Establishing an "adult-life preparatory" class for all students (e.g. personal/life finance, healthy lifestyles, career support, coping/mental health strategies) (Priority Initiative)
- Increase racial diversity in advanced/honors classes
- Address lack of inclusion/involvement from students identified with special needs/special education
- Update social studies and similar curricula to reflect a more accurate representation of history and from more diverse perspectives
2020-21 Advisory Council Members
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
Students are selected annually by a committee consisting of representatives from the Superintendent and Director of Equity’s departments, serving one-year terms. Underclassmen may apply annually and serve for more than one term if selected.
Completed applications must be submitted via email to Susie Golden, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent by the specified date.
- 2021 Application Form (now closed)