Students are heard!

Students are heard!

On May 4, 2015, 80 high school students from all Regina Public high schools and Adult Campus gathered at Division office, along with their principals, Trustees, and senior administrators for the fourth annual Student-Trustee Forum.

The theme of the Forum was: Improving student attendance & credit attainment as a means of increasing graduation rates. The half-day forum started with lunch for everyone followed by introductions from the Board of Education, who hosted this event.

The students, administrators and trustees, then rolled up their sleeves and engaged in an interactive session. Groups were divided based on grades – 9 to 12. Each group also included a trustee and administrators.

The groups looked at a number of questions including:

  • What are the factors that influence student success and graduation?
  • What do you think are the reasons that some students do not attend?
  • What do schools already do to improve attendance and engagement?
  • What else could schools do to improve attendance and engagement (resulting in improved graduation rates)?

After the group work, everyone gathered again and shared what they found with the larger group and discussed any discoveries that may have come up in hearing the finding.

Regina Public Schools Superintendents gathered all the information and took copious notes. What was heard from students will help both the administration and the Board with their planning and strategic plan attainment.

Thank you to everyone who participated, especially the students who took to the time to share their ideas, their hopes and their experiences. More information on the results of this forum will be shared as they are compiled. It is interesting to note, that, based on a previous Student –Trustee Forum, the school division heard that students wanted to stay together with their peers and have equal options in high school, regardless of where in Regina they lived. The results of that conversation were the Family of Schools model and the High School Strategy.

Read the Regina Leader-Post story and see the video here.