Student Advisory Council
What is SAC?
The CPS Student Advisory Council (SAC) is made up of Chicago Public School students from across the city who are passionate about education and work to explore issues affecting students in CPS. Through a deep look into district policy, the council advocates for authentic and equitable youth voice to influence policy decisions.
This summer, SAC continued previous work that focuses on cultivating an equity lens to advise on the district’s policies and initiatives. In meetings with the district leaders, such as the CPS Office of Equity, the Department of Curriculum Instruction and Digital Learning (CIDL), the Office of Social Emotional Learning (OSEL), and the Director of School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) students unpacked CPS’ core values and goals and explored the crucial role that equity plays in creating pathways for student input in decision-making.
Working closely with district leaders, students explored how to build on the work around student voice and equity by focusing on their 3 key issue areas:
- Curriculum Equity Initiative (CEI) to ensure that students across the district equitably receive quality instruction and have space to provide feedback on curriculum.
- Student Code of Conduct (SCC) to provide insight to how the policy and implementation of the SCC can empower students and prevent the reinforcement of disproportionate treatment based on race, learning differences, etc.
- School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) to advise on the policy changes that strive towards a more holistic approach to rating school quality.