Student Leadership

The OCDSB is committed to fostering student leadership, voice, and sense of belonging at all levels: classroom, school, and District. We support formal leadership through our Student Trustees who are represented at Committee of the Whole and Board meetings. Furthermore Student Senate and Student Council Presidents groups meet regularly to share District perspectives. Our school site Link programs provide leadership opportunities and mentoring for incoming Grade 9 students. Additionally, we are seeking to enhance informal leadership opportunities for all students.

In order to better understand student perceptions around conditions for fostering healthy and creative individuals and creative engagement, the OCDSB hosted a Students as Researchers Conference at the Ottawa Convention Centre on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. School teams identified three to five students, reflective of the broad and diverse school population, to attend the conference where an inquiry was conducted to unveil conditions for engagement in learning at the OCDSB. Students applied research methods throughout the day, including: Speak Up in a Box sessions and World Café Scenarios.

They also collected narrative input and provided feedback on their experience and learning at the end of the day.

Please read our full report on what we learned here: Celebrate Creative Engagement: Find Your Voice, Use Your Voice Student Conference: A Summary of Ideas (PDF)

Watch highlights from the 2014 conference here:

Past Events

Find Your Voice 2015 – March 30, 2015

Student Leadership Conference

Students will conduct an inquiry into the conditions for student engagement in learning at the OCDSB and provide input into what student voice might look like at the classroom, school and district levels. Students will be engaging in qualitative research as a vehicle for capturing student voice and will be expressing their findings through various mediums.  

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