At PPS, our students are our most valuable asset. Providing them with opportunities to develop and hone their leadership skills and recognizing their striving and their success is central to our goals of supporting all students to be prepared for college, career and participation as an active community member, regardless of race, income or zip code.
For these reasons, Superintendent Carole Smith sponsors a Superintendent's Student Advisory Council to advise her on key district initiatives and as a platform for leadership development. SuperSAC, as it's called, is led by the student representative on the Portland School Board.
In addition, the PPS Office of School-Family Partnerships takes the lead in organizing annual student leadership conferences and student recognition events. Other departments involved in these efforts include the Board Office and English as a Second Language.