HOT schools student senate

HOT Schools promotes students as leaders and decision-makers. HOT Schools believes that democracy and the arts are inextricably linked. Both fundamentally involve expression. Both demand active participation in the social sphere. By demonstrating to students that they can communicate powerfully through words, images, movements, and sounds, we enhance their sense of social efficacy.  HOT Schools feature strong student governments where students articulate their needs in compelling language to address real issues that bear importance in their lives and in the lives of their peers.

The HOT Schools Program convenes student representatives and student senate facilitators from each HOT School to share information and develop a statewide approach to implementing HOT school student senate and other leadership opportunities for students.

Student Senators representing 20 HOT Schools developed a process and guidelines for creating a constitution and addressing issues and ideas in their schools.

Examples of Student Senate Work

Student Senate Decision Making Process

  1. They present their proposals to each classroom in the school.
  2. The classrooms give feedback to their Student Senate representives.
  3. Representatives share feedback from their class with the whole Student Senate.
  4. The Student Senate talks about and finalizes the proposals.
  5. The principal is invited to attend the Student Senate meeting.
  6. The Senators present the beliefs to the principal.
  7. The principal discusses each proposal, asks questions, and then decides whether to approve or veto them.
  8. Once approved by the principal, Senators share the final document with each class.

HOT Schools Quote

"Collecting goods or contributing to other service organizations is certainly a worthy endeavor supported by HOT Schools, but the work of a student senate in a HOT school goes deeper. It centers more on issues and topics that are relevant to and raised by the students.  HOT Schools leadership focuses on developing student awareness and understandings that would propel students to, say - identify a need and create a service organization (or way to address it) rather than or in addition to responding to an existing one."