Student Advisory District Survey

Student Advisory Council Seeks to Improve Class Engagement Through Survey
Posted on 04/12/2019
IGHMS students meet with the superintendent to discuss their grade's survey.The ISD 199 Student Advisory Council is a group of 4th-, 7th-, and 11th-grade students who are selected each year to work with administrators to provide a student perspective on current initiatives. The 2018-2019 council discussed a variety of district topics, but each of their meetings during the year included discussions about classroom engagement. Council members offered their own opinions and built a survey for their grade-level peers to help the district better understand how to engage students in lessons.

In the fall, the council met to talk about what classroom engagement means to them. They answered questions about what engagement in their classrooms looks like, sounds like, and feels like. Students said engagement included students raising their hands, talking to each other about what they have learned, and feeling heard by the teacher. Throughout their meetings, the council compiled the notes from their discussions and used them to create a survey for their classmates to gain a more complete understanding of how students across the district engage in learning.

Students introduced the survey to their classmates and encouraged them to take it. Once all of the 4th, 7th, and 11th-grade classes complete the survey, council members will meet with Superintendent Dave Bernhardson to review their school’s results and help district and school administration understand the best strategies to improve engagement.