Supporting the People in Our Schools

Action Team Goal:

Schools should ensure that students and teachers have a voice in issues that matter to them to support better relationships and engagement.

All are welcome to join us for upcoming meetings:

Tuesday, October 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM (location TBA)

Meeting 5 Recap

  • The team worked in two groups to build out elements they would like to see in a student voice initiative

  • Lookout Valley Middle/High was used as the sample school for programming build-out (their principal requested a program outline when meeting with Action Team members, and Kadijah Tinker, a UnifiEd Student Voice Team member and student at Lookout Valley, was present and able to provide feedback

  • The group outlined a structure for a “Student Voice Ambassadors” program that they will work to further refine


Meeting 4 Recap

  • Kadijah Tinker, a UnifiEd Student Voice Team member, presented research she has conducted about current avenues for student voice in Hamilton County high schools

  • After small group discussions on current student voice programming and county representation, the team proposed Lookout Valley Middle High, Brainerd High, Hixson High, and Dalewood Middle as possible pilot schools for a student voice project


Meeting 3 Recap

  • Held a group decision making session where project focus was determined by group consensus

  • Group agreed to focus on a project specific to elevating student voice to affect policy change at the school level

    • Participants want to pilot the project in a few schools

    • Guidelines for choosing schools will be determined at next meeting along with other work scope needs

Meeting 2 Recap

  • Facilitated discussion about national, state, and local level resources and programming that elevates student and teacher voice inside and outside of the classroom

  • The group performed an asset mapping exercise, identifying the resources that currently exist in our community that support student and teacher voice

Meeting 1 Recap

  • Participants discussed the benefits and challenges associated with working alongside community members to make changes within the system

  • The group determined the opportunities and challenges we will face ensuring that students and teachers have a voice in issues that matter to them

  • Kadijah and UnifiEd staff will build out an outline for programming based on the feedback and ideas from the team and present this outline to the Lookout Valley Middle/High principal

  • The team will continue to set up meetings with principals and present the outline framework to determine school buy in and interest in working with this team