Student Advisory Council

  • Share Your Talent, Insight & Experience

    In partnership with our Kent School District (KSD) Cabinet team representing all employee groups, Superintendent Dr. Calvin J. Watts has reconfigured advisories for principals, teachers, and students for the 2019-2020 school year.

    The purpose of each advisory council is to bring our students and staff together to create a better understanding of and mutual respect for each other's perspectives and share ideas for increasing student achievement and performance.

    Pick an Area to Advise

    Students are invited to bring their talent, insight, and experience from across the district to play an active role in advising one of five areas.

    Teaching & Learning led by Chief Officer DeNelle West

    Prepare all students to be college and career ready by raising the academic and social-emotional learning bar and closing the PreK-16 gaps to student achievement and college completion.

    School Operations & Academic Support led by Chief Officer Israel Vela

    Engage parents, students, staff, and community members in two-way communications focused on equity and excellence.

    Organizational Effectiveness led by Chief Officer Dr. Jewelle Harmon

    Create effective organizational systems reinforcing equity and excellence.

    Human Resources led by Chief Officer Moriah Martin

    Recruit, hire, develop, and retain a diverse and premier workforce.

    Community Engagement led by Superintendent Dr. Calvin J. Watts

    All students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members are active members of Team KSD; they are all partners in creating, sustaining, and investing in actions vital to demonstrating equity and excellence. As a district, we believe this can be achieved through the proactive involvement of stakeholders in our district priorities and partnerships.

    Student Advisory Council Responsibilities

    The members of the Student Advisory Council will:

    • Maintain a district-wide perspective on issues
    • Act as a link between our district, their school and the community or communities they represent
    • Encourage the engagement of students, parents and other community members within the school and district community
    • Work to increase student achievement and performance through open and honest two-way communication, creating a culture of mutual respect and sharing best practices
    • Commit to attending quarterly meetings, approximately three hours in length, for a minimum of 12 hours of volunteer meeting time, meetings for students and teachers will not be scheduled during KSD school hours
    • Prepare for Advisory meetings by reading materials ahead of the meeting and asking questions that you have of the Advisory Lead prior to the day of the meeting if possible
    • Ensure diversity of voice and remain focused on their core functions by committing to only one advisory position for the year (twenty (20) maximum per Advisory group)
    • Communicate openly and honestly
    • Respect differences and listen well and for positive intent

    Additionally, members of this group will be allowed to apply for the Student Representative to the Kent School District Board position. This position is open for both semesters in the 2019-2020 school year, applications will be open once the advisory schedules have been sent.

    If you are interested in volunteering to serve on one of these advisories, please complete this Student Advisory Sign up so that each advisory leader can begin planning meetings and provide you with more information in August.  Please be advised that space is limited to twenty (20) students in each of the 5 advisory groups, (up to 100 students total). 

    Developing Leaders

    By participating in the Student Advisory Council, students will be able to develop and enhance the function of leadership throughout the school.

    Possible leadership roles include but are not limited to the following:

    • Attending Student Advisory Council meetings
    • Serving on school and community councils/committees
    • Serving on the Kent School Board of Directors
    • Presenting leadership development workshops to a wide variety of audiences
    • Mentoring junior Student Advisory Council members as well as other students at the local schools

    Sign Up

    If you are interested in volunteering to serve on the Student Advisory Council, please sign up.

    Space is limited to 20 students in each of the five advisory groups (up to 100 students total). 

    Candidates may not serve in a traditional leadership role in their school, but likely demonstrate many leadership qualities.

    • Academic achievement
    • Outstanding communication skills/articulate speaker
    • Demonstrated leadership skills
    • Effective team member skills
    • Digital citizenship
    • Credibility with a wide variety of audiences
    • Ability to analyze issues
    • Creative thinking
    • Confidence
    • Academic and emotional maturity
    • Commitment to personal growth
    • Emerging civic sense
    • Flexibility
    • Open mind
    • Ease with adults
    • School and community involvement
    • Negotiation/compromise skills

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Last Modified on September 11, 2019