Student Voice News
School District, City, and State leadership are looking for up to 30 student representatives across all 9 City Council districts who can represent their community properly, show respect for self and others, communicate well, consider others’ ideas and try to make things happen. In addition to student participation from PPS, 10 slots will be reserved for students attending private, parochial and charter schools.
BRIANA SMITH | MAY 31, 2022 | 2:05 PM | CBS PITTSBURGH
What is Student Voice?
Student voice is the practice of educators intentionally, purposefully, and systematically eliciting student viewpoints on a specific topic for improvement purposes.
Concerning Student Voice, it is always critical to seek first to understand.
To reach this goal, district-wide data was used to identify the underrepresented students and create an opportunity for leadership and development.
The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council was created in 2017.
The stakeholder nominated and peer elected student leaders went through intensive leadership training and took on the committee work at the school-level and the district-level.
The District has taken multiple steps to raise student voice in addition to launching the district-wide council, including:
- seeking student input on the suspension ban planning and implementation
- including students in the development of Imagine PPS themes and groups
- sponsored the Project Manager, Student Voice and student representatives to attend the Classroom Without Borders Poland Study Seminar
- supported various student-driven virtual projects such as, the “Month of Non-violence”, the Covid-19 educational campaign, and the work around voter registration.
The work has truly shifted to a place where the work is student-led.
This website is a pure representation of the Student Voice work at Pittsburgh Public Schools as it is designed by student leaders who are knee deep into the work and committed to ensure that student voice is a staple of the work that happens at PPS!
Office of the Superintendent
341 S. Bellefield Avenue, Room 217 Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Staff Contact Information
Student Voice Project Manager, Lenell Reid: 412 457 5304