Kiersten Hornberg, a senior at Huntley High School, has been named to the Student Advisory Council of the Illinois State Board of Education. She is among 21 members of the council, which comprises students from throughout the state.
The council will research and present to ISBE on topics affecting students’ success in Illinois. Students will focus on developing ways to respond to the achievement gap widened by COVID-19; creating a diversity, equity and inclusion framework; ensuring the safety and emotional wellbeing of students; and addressing the teacher shortage and rethinking recruitment.
“As educators, we have the responsibility and the honor of nurturing young minds,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala. “This year’s Student Advisory Council is a fantastic group of young adults ready to make a difference not only in their community, but across the entire state. ISBE looks forward to listening to these students’ ideas and perspectives as we work to address the issues facing Illinois’ classrooms.”