Freeport High School is building a caring, collaborative school culture.
Schools across the country have experienced upticks in student behavioral challenges over the course of the pandemic, and Maine is not immune to these issues.
Freeport High School is taking an unusual approach to solving this problem: Letting students lead the way to real change.
12 students leaders are facilitating small group, youth-only discussions, using a set of student-designed questions, to get at the heart of:
- what students really need to feel they belong,
- what they envision for the future of their school, and
- how the school can best support their vision of a caring community.
The student leaders, with help from Ed Forum, will interpret results and share a report for school and district leadership. Kudos to Becky Foley (Superintendent RSU 5) and Jen Gulko (Principal FHS) for implementing this innovative idea.
For more on this theme, check out Maine Resilience Building Network's Youth Mattering Initiative.