As an involved parent and educator in our community, I can see the benefit for greater transparency in the policy and decision-making process that immediately affect our neighborhood schools. My goal is to be proactive in promoting community awareness and involvement throughout the entire process. Research shows that districts which have increased involvement create successful students who are more socially and academically engaged.
A transparent school board will build trust within the community it serves. Greater equity in meeting the needs of all of our students should be a top priority. All students come with a unique set of strengths and weaknesses from gifted students to learning disabled. I believe learners must be engaged and their needs personalized. Teachers need to be provided the best educational resources and professional support to help them meet the needs of all children. Our teachers working conditions are our children’s learning conditions.
Our district is good, but together we can work to make it even better. I would like to see our district be more responsive, more accountable and more equitable as a result of ongoing, meaningful participation. We can all share in the knowledge and satisfaction that we have provided for the educational needs of all children, and have built a district where students, parents, teachers, and staff feel they are welcome and that they belong. I would be honored to be the voice of our community.
I love this quote:
"The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”
– Sir Ken Robinson, The Element (2009).