Today we started our meeting with one of our most effective and useful training subjects yet, a focus on public speaking. The kids picked up the key points and had a chance to practice in small groups and in front of the rest of the team. They showed huge improvement, and expressed that they were more confident about addressing the whole school going forward.
They also had a conference call with our new high school principal so that they could raise questions with her and get on board for school planning this summer. They are going to use their data collection and analysis skills to gather information about student uniform preferences and after school activity preferences. The student leaders were really excited about having some input, helping to plan new student induction, and working on the physical space of the high school to build pride in our achievements as a school.
The three subcommittees checked in on ongoing action steps, and brainstormed some ways to improve. They debriefed about the quality of the meetings, and then the kids set some agenda items for Monday’s meeting:
-Plan to create a Welcome Back/College wall for the high school
-Address the issue of graffiti and negative comments written in the bathrooms
-Plan to train younger student leaders for the middle school and bring some of the ‘second tier’ leaders into the Student Leadership Committee in preparation for next year
On a side note, another teacher helped out with the meeting today because Naeha couldn’t make it. When I thanked him for giving up time on a Saturday, he said, “I love coming to these meetings. It is amazing to see what these kids get done, and it reminds me why I want to teach.”