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Data-driven Student Leadership

College Park ESCollege Park Elementary School (Greendale, WI). College Park Elementary values and encourages student leadership by inviting 4th and 5th grade students to serve on leadership teams. For example, the leadership teams of students review general behavior data, determine an area in need of improvement, and create a plan for improvement. In 2018, students focused on reducing conflicts on the playground. They determined that the playground did not support engaging recess play for all students. In groups, students created a map of the playground to meet the needs of all students. They reached consensus on a plan after measuring the area, considering a budget for new equipment, and sharing their ideas and final plan with the building, the grounds director, and the PTO Board. Based on the student recommendations, the school painted new games on the blacktop area and purchased additional equipment. Their work led to a decrease in recess conflicts in 2018-19. In addition, the 4th and 5th grade students continue to review data, set goals during the year, determine community organizations to support, strategies to engage students in their learning, and help create the adjustments necessary for school improvement.

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