Before beginning, ask if it’s OK to take notes. Have one board member open the meeting by stating your purpose. Keep it short, just two or three minutes. If you are introducing the meeting, you might cover:
- Who you are.
- Why this meeting is important.
- Why it could lead to something else.
- Why the meeting is personally important to you. A personal story about the topic might break the ice.
After that introduction, you might ask the students the following questions:
- Tell us who you are: name, grade, and one interesting thing about yourself.
- What is school like for you?
- Do you feel safe at school? Have you seen or heard about incidents where students were hurt, verbally or physically? Is this common or rare?
- Have you seen someone bullied? Did another student or a teacher try to stop it? Tell us about it. Is this common or rare?
- Do you feel respected by teachers and staff? Can you give us some examples? Do students respect each other at this school? What are some examples?
- Do your teachers care whether you are successful? Can you give us some examples?
- If you were the school board, what would be one thing you would do to improve the school? (Even if you haven’t taken notes for the rest of the meeting, ask for permission to do so at this point and during the final question.)
- Ask for any closing comments or advice the students would like to give.