Not Your Average Student Council: How Chicago’s Student Voice Committees Are Giving Kids a Real Say in Their Schools – AcceliBEAT Weekly Round Up
November 16, 2018
Happy Friday! This week’s featured article highlights how members of the student voice committees in Chicago’s schools are making a real impact, including how one high-school’s committee conducted surveys and interviews to improve relationships between 100 teachers and 1,500 students. In other news, cheerleaders with physical and mental disabilities are enjoying recognition at their Ohio school; schools problem solve how they can address the high statistic of teen suicide; and a change in medical billing codes for common autism therapies will improve insurance coverage for families. All this and more in this week’s AcceliBEAT!
The students at Mather High School in Chicago wanted to do something. Their peers said they didn’t feel comfortable coming to school, weren’t paying attention in class, and sometimes skipped lessons altogether.
School and district leaders may be overlooking small tweaks in their outreach that can yield huge increases in parent engagement.
Decked out in colors and sporting other signs of their school loyalty, the Sparklers — cheerleaders with physical and mental disabilities — perform during the first quarter of every home football game.
The statistics are sobering: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is now the second-leading cause of death for ages 10 to 18.
Children with developmental delays — including autism — are nearly 50 percent more likely than other kids to become overweight or obese at young ages, according to a new study.
A former kindergarten teacher at a Title I school said a majority of her students came from high-poverty households. So, when snack time rolled around, most didn’t have healthy options – or know about them.
A change to medical billing codes for the most common behavior therapy for autism will mean better insurance coverage for families and less hassle for providers, advocates say.
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