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Student Advisory Board

The Student Advisory Board was created by CS4All to provide a student perspective on the CS4All curriculum and the student’s learning environment in order to help the CS4All team work on improving both for future computer science students. The board consists of a diverse group of approximately 10 - 15 high school students who represent various areas of the city (south, west, north) and school types (including charter and option schools) who are selected through an open application process each year. The application is based on his or her vision and passion for creating change, rationale for wanting to join the Board, unique perspective they would bring to the Board, and past service to community and/or school. Each student member of the Board has participated in at least on computer science course prior to their participation on the Board in order to effectively offer input on the computer science curriculum created offered through CS4All. Whether they have taken the introductory Exploring Computer Science course, Fundamentals of Info Tech, STEM Intro to Comp Sci, or the Advanced Placement CS Principles course, they have been exposed to what CS4All can do. As a student who has seen what benefits can come from learning about computational thinking, it is important that these students help us develop new ways to improve the curricula that they have experienced so that we can provide students like them with access to even more advanced technology and computer science fundamentals in the classroom.

Applications for the 2016-2017 school year are now closed.

Program Overview

  • The Board will consist of a diverse group of approximately 10-15 high school students, representing various areas of the city (south, west, north) and school types (including charter and option schools)
  • Students will be selected via an open application process based on his or her vision and passion for creating change, rationale for wanting to join the Board, unique perspective they would bring to the Board, and past service to community and/or school
  • Students will serve from July, 2016 - May, 2017

Benefits to Students

  • Have a direct role on improving your school and curriculum for all students
  • Gain valuable leadership, decision making, and collaboration skills
  • Have access to leaders in the network of CS4All and gain potential to move further in your CS careers
  • Bonus points on resume and applications
  • Service learning hours

Expectations of Advisory Board

  • You will serve the full allotted time of your Board membership
  • You will be an active participant of each Board meeting which will each last an hour long
  • You will do your best to offer critical feedback to help improve the state of your school and the schools around you so you and your peers can have the best education
  • You will collaborate with other Board members
  • You will be an active listener and monitor your air time
  • You will offer your thoughts and new ideas during discussions, don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo
  • You will act as a spokesperson for CS4All and the work that is being done to improve CS education in the city of Chicago 

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

  • Must have been a CPS high school student for a total of at least 1 year by June 2016
  • Must have taken at least one CS4All computer science course
  • Must complete the online application by June 6th at 8:00pm
  • Must provide a recommendation from a non-family member adult who can speak to your work ethic, character and teamwork skills (e.g. teacher, mentor, community organization, guidance counselor, etc.). This recommendation must be completed by June 6th at 8:00pm.
  • Must attend one of the two group interview sessions

Current Members

  • Vivian Auduong, Whitney Young 
  • Jack Fetsch, Whitney Young
  • Ivan Olguin, Whitney Young
  • Israel Hernandez, John Hancock College Prep

Recommendations

RecommendationProgress  Future Improvement
Hour of Code needs to be adapted to better suit the needs of every student. There should be recommendations and resources available post activity/day of event. We also need to begin to focus on the important role a parent plays in a student's involvement in computing; through Hour of Code events after school and/or on the weekends that invite parents to program with their kids and by having professionals speak about career opportunity parents can become more engaged in their child's interests. For students, we also need to acknowledge that there is varying experience level in those who participate in the Hour of Code by introducing a gamified element that invities students to create the "coolest game or app" or by introducing new platforms for students to use after they have completed an activity. The Student Advisory Board is currently giving feedback on this year's planning of the Hour of Code.