Juneau's Student Advisory Board Focusing on School Climate Issues

Thursday, April 14, 2011
By Allyson Hagen

Juneau's Student Advisory Board Focusing on School Climate Issues


HELENA, MT - Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau will convene the second meeting of Montana's first-ever State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board (SAB) this Thursday and Friday, April 14 and 15. Students will gather Thursday evening at the Holter Museum of Art and at the Rocky Mountain Emergency Services Training Center on Friday.


Superintendent Juneau said, "I am committed to elevating the voices of Montana's young people and including them in our policy discussions about public education. Their feedback is critical as we strive to improve our graduation rates and educational opportunities for all students."


The board consists of 40 high school students from 31 Montana schools. It was created as part of Superintendent Juneau's statewide initiative, Graduation Matters Montana, which aims to increase the number of students who graduate from high school through collaborative partnerships with schools, community organizations, businesses and youth. The focus of the second Student Advisory Board meeting is school climate.


“One of the themes I heard from the students at the first summit was their desire for a welcoming school environment that includes peer-to-peer support as well as mentorship and supportive adult relationships. During this summit, we will dig a little deeper into what changes in school climate students need in order to succeed,” Superintendent Juneau said.


Students will advise Superintendent Juneau on issues such as addressing bullying in their schools and building positive adult and student relationships as well as sharing their ideas about the future work of the Student Advisory Board.


Student Advisory Board members were first nominated by local school and community members and also had to apply for selection to the board.  The board members, in grades 9–12, are traveling from rural communities such as Wibaux and Poplar and from larger communities such as Billings and Missoula.


The meeting is partly underwritten by business sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, the Student Assistance Foundation, Big Sky Printwear and the Holter Museum of Art. 


The Student Advisory Board agenda is available on the OPI website: http://www.opi.mt.gov/PDF/GradMatters/April_SAB_Summit_Agenda.pdf


Press is invited to attend the meeting between 11:45 AM – 1:30 PM, Friday, April 15.



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