Student Voice

Governance Camp believes that student voice matters and has infused student participation in this unique two-and-a half-day conference by highlighting the incredible students in our state. We believe that we cannot create the leaders of tomorrow without letting them lead today.

Student Voice Resources

Student panel and scholarship - Applications available now!

A highlight of Governance Camp is the High School Senior scholarship and panel. Currently enrolled high school seniors are invited to submit an application. Four students will be selected from the applications we receive to join us in Galveston and share their unique public school journey in Texas. Selected students must commit to attend and participate on the panel at the 2021 Governance Camp, March 4 & 5, 2021, to receive the scholarship. Recipients will receive a travel stipend for their participation in addition to $1,000 in scholarship monies from our sponsor, Walsh Gallegos. OR, if the event ends up being held virtually, you must commit to participating in a virtual panel practice, panel recording, and panel discussion at the times specified (TBD).

Panel is moderated by Paula Maddox Roalson, an attorney at Walsh Gallegos.

Student Voice Scholarship Applications are now available.

The deadline for application submissions is 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than Monday, February 1, 2021.

E-mail with questions.

Student Voice Panel

Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle, P.C.

Student Voice sessions

We are actively seeking sessions for 2021, presented or copresented by students. Each session is one hour in length. Students can focus on:

  • Student-led initiatives that have transformed their school;
  • Projects that have had an impact on school culture and climate;
  • Technology development and findings;
  • And more!

The students who are presenting these sessions are also invited to join our attendees at breakfast, the General Session, and lunch. These kids spend a lot of time at school, and the open seating events at Governance Camp on Friday provide a valuable opportunity for attendees to socialize with the students and discuss what student voice looks like at their school.

Depending on travel distance, hotel cost may be picked up by TASB.

Download the Student Voice Session application and send completed applications to Kathy Dundee by Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Only applications that are completed in full and sent as an email attachment to Kathy Dundee will be accepted. No PDFs or Google docs, please. Acceptance of the application does not guarantee selection. Notification of acceptance will be sent in January. Breakout sessions must be designed for one full hour.

For more information about Student Voice Sessions, read our Student Voice Sessions Frequently Asked Questions (pdf).

Students inspired

We are calling on students -- individually or groups -- to lead hands-on interactive experiences or demonstrations in an "exhibition" style setting. We're looking for a variety of exhibits, from demos of student-designed video games to health studies to visual arts and music and crafts like carpentry and welding. Their work should provide attendees an engaged learning experience while showing them ways to help students improve their personal K-12 learning journeys.

Download the Students Inspired application and send completed applications toto Kathy Dundee by January 15, 2021. Depending on travel distance, hotel cost may be picked up by TASB. Students are welcome to join attendees for breakfast and lunch on Friday.

Student entertainment

Groups will be chosen based on size, space/AV needs, Student entertainmentvariety of performance type, etc. TASB will provide snacks and small honoraria to the district for the performances.

If your district would like one of its groups to be considered in 2021, e-mail Kathy Dundee for more information.

Student attendees

Did you know that districts may bring up to ten students and two chaperones as attendees to Governance Camp 2021 at no charge? These student groups will have full access to the event including meals and sessions.

If you are interested in bringing students as attendees to Governance Camp, e-mail Kathy Dundee at for more information.

Additional information

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