Student Board Representatives
The Board of Education includes two non-voting student representatives who serve in an advisory capacity to represent the interests of students in Philadelphia. The student board members represent their peers by communicating student opinions to the School Board, and reporting Board deliberations and actions to the student body.
Doha Ibrahim is a senior at Lincoln High School. As the president of ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) Ambassador program, Doha is the voice of non-English speaking students. She is also involved in Philadelphia’s Citywide Student Government, sits on the Superintendent Advisory Board and runs her own business, Doha Photography. Doha is described as a leader in her school community and is most interested in increasing student support at all schools throughout the School District of Philadelphia.
Imere Williams, a senior at Boys’ Latin Charter School, is a champion for education and a colossal advocate for student voice and involvement. He is very active in his school community where he sits on the Honor Council, acts as a steering committee member for Boys’ Latin and is the Student Government Class Officer. Imere is described as being “stubborn about success” and plans to become a leading educator in the future.
Mission & Purpose
As Student Members on the Board of Education we hope to hear from students about the ways in which we can best serve them; bridge the gap between the Board of Education and students by both advocating for students and communicating Board decisions; and encourage students to be more engaged and have an active role in policy and decision making.
- Be actively involved in their school community and willing to work to support Philadelphia’s public schools, on behalf of their peers, on a regular basis.
- Be willing to represent their peers by communicating student opinions to the School Board, and reporting Board deliberations and actions to the student body.
- Be available to meet with the School Board on a monthly basis, to communicate the concerns of their peers, and make an effort to be at every public meeting.
School Year 2018-2019
Student Board Representatives will hold meetings for students of the District at various high schools through the City. Stay tuned for a final schedule of dates, times, and locations.
School District of Philadelphia students can submit written testimony at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are encouraged to register to speak at Board Action and Committee Meetings. Speaker are given (3) three minutes to address the Board. Speakers are also encouraged to submit (1) one written copy of their comments.
Those interested in speaking may register by completing the following forms at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting:
Action Meeting Speaker Registration
Student Achievement & Support Committee Meeting
Julia and Alfredo have been hard at work as the 2018-2019 Student Board Representatives. They visited 11 schools and engaged with their peers to provide feedback to the full Board. View their Year in Review Report below, or download here and check-out their Student Guide to Testifying at Board Meetings.