What I Learned in Parkland School Division Today!

While trying to complete this post for the 184 Days of Learning Project I read through several half-finished compositions that I have begun over the past few weeks.  Everything ranging from assessment to inclusion.  I even added more thoughts to a few of these posts believing that they were going to serve as my contribution to this fantastic initiative but that didn’t work out either because what has really stuck with me today is what I learned from a small group of student leaders at the Parkland School Division Student Advisory Committee.

For those who are unaware, the Student Advisory Committee consists of one student from grade 8 and one from gr 9 from each K-9 school or middle school, in addition to one student from each of grades 10, 11 and 12 from both Parkland School Division high schools.

The members of this committee are well spoken, confident young leaders who engage in conversation, learning and sharing on a variety of topics (many of which are selected by the students themselves) throughout the school year.

Today one  agenda item had several principals discussing exploratory options with these students.  We shared some of the process on how we determine what options are offered in our schools and how we arrive at these decisions.  We then had the opportunity to answer questions from the students about these classes.

Through these conversations today, I learned that Parkland School Division a learning community which purposefully engages students.  We actively seek out student voice and input, and then we act upon it!  We identify and develop student leaders to benefit all within our division.

I learned today that working collaboratively with parents and kids we are creating inquisitive children who are comfortable asking tough questions, and more importantly offering thoughtful solutions!

About Shaye Patras

I am a husband and father of two fantastic girls. I currently work as the Principal of Ecole Meridian Heights School in Parkland School Division in Alberta, Canada. I am excited to be continuing my administrative career in this learning community!
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