Raising Student Voice & Participation

In partnership with the National Association of Student Councils (NASC), and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), CADA/CASL is offering ASBs, administrative teams, and community leaders in California the opportunity to join forces with student leaders across campus that work outside of the leadership classroom to recognize and solve the issues most important to their schools and communities creating a positive school climate and culture for all.

What is RSVP?

The goal of RSVP is to provide leadership opportunities to the entire student body, so they can take the initiative to make changes at their school. The novel thing about the RSVP program is that it extends outside of ASB groups and to the entire student population. No student is left without a voice 1n the RSVP program.

How does it work?

When a school decides to start using the RSVP process on their campus, the first step is for the ASB and administration to select a team of diverse students who have a positive impact on the school's climate (athletes, actors, club members, and other influential students). This leadership team will train student facilitators who go to "homeroom" classes-or any class which every student will take, like an English class-and lead discussion "summits" which make up the four steps of the RSVP process. The process works by running through a timeline in a reoccurring way. Once one student desire has been met, the summit process begins again. RSVP is a continual work that allows the ever-changing needs of the student to always be met.

Who is Involved?

For the RSVP Process to be the best it can be, you'll need the participation of everyone who has a stake in fostering an intellectually curious, welcoming, and participatory campus culture. While this means different things for different schools, it generally includes people and groups like:

• Principals and Assistant Principals
• Advisors, Coaches, and Teachers
• School Psychologists and Guidance Counselors
• Members of Local Government
• School Safety Officers
• ASBs
• Athletes, Actors, Club Members
• Other Influential Students

Click here for the news article on RSVP at Pioneer Valley High School.

CADA RSVP Training at Chino Hills High School


Upcoming RSVP Events:

Please check back for future dates.

Need more information?

Contact Sandra Kurland
Leadership Development Coordinator
(619) 957-9107
"Before RSVP, I did not realize that I
was allowed to make a difference."
-Student Participant

Joseph Moylan, Principal,  interview on the RSVP Program at the 2009 National Association of Secondary School Principals' Convention in San Diego



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