The Illinois State Board of Education's mission is to provide each and every child with safe and healthy learning conditions, great educators, and equitable opportunities by practicing data-informed stewardship of resources and policy development, all done in partnership with educators, families, and stakeholders. Our vision is that each and every child is equipped to make meaningful contributions to society and live life to its fullest potential.

Overview

Welcome! The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 Student Advisory Council (SAC). The ISBE SAC provides students with an opportunity to build advocacy and leadership skills and lend their voices to policy development and important issues in education. The SAC meets with stakeholders, policymakers, and community partners virtually and in-person, multiple times each month to examine research, brainstorm new ideas and develop policy recommendations to present to the Board from a student perspective.

Eligibility

If you will be a sophomore, junior, or senior attending a charter or public high school in Illinois during the 2024-25 academic school year and are interested in becoming a member of the ISBE SAC, you must create a Submittable.com account using a personal or non-school email address to apply.

Application

To be considered for a seat on the ISBE SAC, you must submit a completed application by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2024. The Submittable application includes personal and demographic information, narrative responses, a personal reference, and written parent/guardian consent if you are under 18. 

Interview Process

A group interview based on questions included in the 2024-25 ISBE SAC application will be scheduled and conducted virtually. Candidates selected for an interview will be notified via email by July 31, 2024. Students offered an opportunity to serve on the ISBE SAC will be notified by phone and asked to confirm their acceptance and participation in the program via email. New and returning members of the ISBE SAC will be announced on the Student Voices webpage in September.

Questions & Information

Additional information may be found on the Student Voices webpage. Questions may be emailed to Dr. Leslie Ward-Lamina in the Student Care Department at lwardlam@isbe.net or ISBESAC@isbe.net.

Illinois State Board of Education