Tonight, I had the pleasure of attending the School District of Philadelphia's Strategy, Policy and Priorities meeting. The focus was on "Student Engagement" and students, teachers, and school district staff were all in attendance. During the meeting, students shared their opinions about what needs to be improved within their schools. Staff and students discussed different perspectives on education and gained a better understanding of each other. An open dialogue between staff and students is vital. For the the first time, in a very long time, students were able to discuss how their education is managed. Improving communication between decision makers and students is the first step to bettering the Philadelphia School District and America’s education system as a whole.
Tonight’s meeting was a truly enlightening experience. We discussed everything from how students can help reconstruct the district, how adults can improve student engagement within schools, and to how we can better communication between all parties. I left the meeting with a new sense of positivity and hope for our schools. As a member of the Student Advisory Board, I would love to see this new opportunity for communication to continue. I strongly encourage students and staff to attend the next meeting.