Do you have a great idea to boost school spirit? Do you want a say in your education? Lend your voice. Student voice is an opportunity for students to share their thoughts, ideas, options and comments about what's happening in their local Catholic school.
Speak Up! Student Voice
The Ontario Ministry of Education's Student Voice program aims to promote student engagement and success in Ontario's schools by listening to and learning from students. Student Voice provides you, the students, with a variety of ways to share your ideas with your school, the education community and the ministry about what would help you re-engage, or be more engaged, in your learning. Student Voice can help you take action to shape your learning environment while you build your skills.
How can you get involved?
There are four main ways for you to get involved:
- Minister's Student Advisory Council (MSAC)
Each year, approximately 60 students in grades 7 to 12 from across the province are selected to form the council. MSAC provides advice on ministry policies and programs and also meets with the Minister of Education to share their ideas and perspectives.
Find out more about the council.
Applications for the 2017-18 Minister's Student Advisory Council are open!
Apply online by February 9, 2017.
- Students As Researchers (StAR)
Students As Researchers training is held across Ontario to provide training for student-teacher teams from grade 7-12 in collaborative inquiry research methods. StAR teams are taught the fundamental components of social science research (e.g. ethics, research design and methodologies, data analysis, etc.).
Students work together to identify and research an issue impacting the student experience (e.g. equity, student engagement, well-being or achievement, etc.). For example, teams could conduct research on questions such as: "What experiences engage students in math class?" or "What conditions help students learn?"
Talk to your Student Success Teacher or school principal if you are interested in participating.
Check out what we're doing to give students a voice.
- SpeakUp Projects
SpeakUp Projects grants can help you, the students, get your voices heard and take action by leading projects that make a difference in your school. To date, thousands of students in grades 7-12 have actively led or participated in more than 9,000 projects in hundreds of schools across Ontario.
Learn how you can start putting your ideas into action.
2016-17 SpeakUp Project Grant applications are still open! Students in grades 7-12! Apply by January 13, 2017 - before midnight, EST.
Find out more.
- SpeakUp in a Box
SpeakUp in a Box is a "do-it-yourself" forum kit which contains everything you will need to run a student-led forum for 30 participants at your school. It includes facilitator tip sheets, a step-by-step forum guide and forum supplies. During the forum your peers share ideas about what can help students be more engaged in learning and school life.
Watch a video about SpeakUp in a Box.
Learn more and order your kit today!