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Student Advisory Council

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The Student Advisory Board was created by CS4All to provide a student perspective on the Computer Science learning environment in CPS.  

The board consists of a diverse group of approximately 10 - 15 high school students from around city who represent a variety of backgrounds and CS experiences.

Students are selected through an open application process each year.  Council members are chosen based the applicants’ 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 one 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.

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.

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 options 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

  • Completed applications are due Wednesday, May 22 before 11:59 pm

  • There will be student-led group interviews on Wednesday, May 29 and Monday, June 3 CPS Central Office, 42 West Madison.

  • Students will be notified via email about whether or not they have been selected

  • Students will serve from July, 2019 - June, 2020

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

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 2019

  • Must have taken at least one CS4All computer science course

  • Must complete the online application by May 22

  • Must attend one of the two group interview sessions

Current Members

  • Jack Fetsch, Whitney Young

  • Joseph McCarey, Lane Tech

  • Joyelle West, Lindblom

  • Luke Pattonvanbuskirk, Lane Tech

  • Christian Sparks, Northside College Prep

  • Jessica Atieno, King College Prep

  • TC Littrice, King College Prep

  • Jacqueline Alonzo, Prosser

  • Brendan Moran, Payton College Prep

  • Miguel Mendiola, Westinghouse

Past Members

  • Sarah Worthington, Lane Tech HS

  • Doriana Othman, Lane Tech HS

  • Eduardo Duran, Hancock HS

  • Vivian Auduong, Whitney Young

  • Ivan Olguin, Whitney Young

  • Israel Hernandez, John Hancock College Prep