Monday, 21 January 2013 09:46

Active student board gives feedback to PRSD trustees

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Officials with Prairie Rose School Division (PRSD) are pleased to be able to gain a more in-depth understanding into the needs of students from students, thanks to a more active student board. Those students on the student board met with trustees and school division officials for a day in December to give their feedback about the education they are receiving.

A snapshot of the events of the day was shared with all the trustees at the Jan. 8 regular board meeting. Items discussed included relationships and bullying in the schools as well as digital use and citizenship. Students gave their feedback about what they are observing or experiencing.
Students also talked about the Tell Them From Me survey done in some of the schools in the division.
Brian Andjelic, deputy superintendent, shared the six key messages which came out of the survey. They included the lack of engagement which exists at the Grade 12 level; that success rests mostly with the students; there is only so much teachers and family can do to motivate, but students don’t want these people to give up on them; students value school outcomes and relationships with teachers; use technology for the sake of the course and the outcomes, not for the novelty and use technology only if it helps to make the material more interesting.
Trustees who attended the student board all-day session had positive comments about the experience. They shared that it was a “rewarding and enlightening experience” and that the students were “refreshing and engaging.”
The session ends with an activity called Two Stars and a Wish. It is meant to have participants provide to positive comments about the day and education in Prairie Rose and one item the person would like to see improved or done differently
Positive comments including the access to technology in the division and the efforts of officials to include students in planning. Students also liked they can bring their personal devices to school and they had the opportunity to learn about policies and plans in place throughout the division.
Wishes expressed by participants included administration and teachers taking more responsibility to learn about bullying situations and how to handle them; making sure people know the difference between bullying and a relationship issues and that teachers could be included in the all-day workshop with the students.

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Rose Sanchez

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