For the past year, I have been involved in advocating for public schools, as a parent of four. I educated myself on issues related to education, ex. CCSS, student learning, technology implementation and social media use, politics in education, high stakes testing, school leadership and climate, effects of poverty.
I believe education should be fostered in a way that embraces and celebrates the individuality of children and facilitates their ability to reach their full potential, whether that be through mathematics, arts, sciences, music, humanities, or all of the above. I believe education should be lead by educators “Lead Learners”, not by attorneys, or CEOs, or philanthropic technocrats.
We need to make fiscally responsible decisions that prioritize directing resources to the classroom. I believe that there has been a disconnect between decisions that are made by the current Malverne school board, and the needs and realities of our schools and families. I am committed to making sound decisions and choices that will benefit all the children of our schools, and which correlate to the needs and requests of our families and entire community.
Developing strong relationships among students, teachers, administrators, (connected teaching, learning and leadership) and parents is important for children’s educational development. Teachers’ and administrators’ involvement in the community and participation in professional learning networks establishes their public portfolio reflecting on their professional skills much better than student scores tweaked in the “central” computer.
It is because of this that I realize the importance of community input so that we can work together to continue our path to success for every student and strong sense of community.