As a member of the Board of Education, I will keep these three tenets in mind
As educators, and policymakers, students should be at the center of everything we do. "How does this help our students?" should be at the core of every policy we write, decision we make and vote we place.
- Foster & encourage student voice in the classroom - This has been shown to increase student engagement, and it has shown to improve learning outcomes. This feeds into WCPSS' commitment to raise the graduation rate.
- Continue to create programs that challenge & inspire our students -Our district has innovative & award winning magnet options, that focus on a variety of interests. Let us continue to expand on that model, giving our students & their parents a choice in their education.
- Promote social emotional learning, alongside academic learning - Good citizenship and empathy are soft skills that our students can gain in the classroom. Empathy can be a connector between classroom learning and 'real life' education. This also promotes an understanding of others who come from different backgrounds, or face challenges other than our own.
- Invest in resources to support all learners - Public education is for everyone, but it cannot be one size fits all. We must meet the needs of all of our students, by partnering with teachers, parents & support staff, allowing students to be their best self and reach their full potential.
Wake County's teachers are professionals who continue to work hard to become leaders in their field. We have the highest concentration of teachers with their National Board Certification in the country!
- Be competitive - By offering competitive pay, and increasing funding of professional development so our teachers continue to be up on best practices, new strategies and research.
- Streamline initiatives - Implement new educational policies and planning with the lens of an educator. How can this fit into our current program, what can we take away? Let's not overburden our teachers by heaping on new policies, let's be intentional and empathetic in our initiatives.
- Promote differentiation - Teachers are already creating diverse, authentic learning experiences, using standards based objectives. Let's put our focus on learner profiles and formative assessments; instead of promoting high stakes testing.
We live in an innovative, family-friendly, and caring community, and the country has taken notice. Our school system is an important factor when families look to move into Wake County.
- Grow with Wake - Create new facilities, and renovate existing ones; eliminating portables & other temporary growth solutions. This would allow for smaller class sizes, better transportation, and more flexibility in student assignment.
- Push for funding and bond measures from the county and the state - North Carolina prohibits school districts from being self-funded. Education should not be about AC temperatures, it should be about teaching the whole student. Our students only get one shot at their education, let's make sure we get it right.
- Thin the walls - Our proximity to higher education, research centers, technology & scientific giants; as well as centers for history, culture & the arts should be celebrated, and cultivated. Let us learn from our community, and let them learn from us.
- Parent partnership - We are all invested in education. Continue our partnership with the PTA, parent education, and volunteer opportunities.