In this post, Elliott M. of McGavock High School writes about contributing to the work of a steering committee for the State Collaborative on Reforming Education. Elliott is a student in the Academy of Aviation & Transportation, which is partnered with organizations such as the Nashville Airport Authority, Middle Tennessee State University, Helistar, and the Tennessee Technology Center.
As a student ambassador for the Academies of Nashville, I had the opportunity to showcase McGavock High School to two very important members of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE). During this time, I was informed of what exactly SCORE is and all the wonderful things that SCORE has done for Tennessee in the past few years, including such things as the Expect More, Achieve More campaign focused on raising academic standards and the Race to the Top money that was distributed to Tennessee schools. These two campaigns are focused on helping students graduate ready for college and giving the schools support in implementing ideas to do just that.
From that tour, I was then chosen by Dr. Jesse Register (MNPS Director of Schools) as a student voice in a SCORE steering committee meeting not only for McGavock, but for all students involved in schools across Tennessee. When I first arrived at the steering committee meeting, I was a little worried that my input would not be of value to the committee as a whole. Once we broke into our small group discussions though, I found that all the other members in my group were asking my opinion on all the issues. They actually wanted to know how students would view the different policies that they wanted to implement. The members of this committee were happy to finally have the viewpoint of someone who is currently going through all the different reforms that are taking place due to their fantastic work. At the end of the meeting, I was very pleased to be a part of the steering committee and I cannot wait to go back for the next one!Social tagging: education reform