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In my two years of service, I have had the opportunity to learn about the interworkings of the district. While I feel like I still learn something new every day, the list of issues below are issues that I feel keep 'floating to the top' of conversations with parents and staff, and also are issues where I have personal and professional experience to provide the district with guidance.
LIST OF ISSUES
I would like to have more opportunities for two-way very transparent communication between the board and the community. I have been encouraging the administration and fellow board members to look for ways to get in front of staff, teachers, parents, students, and the community at large to talk about district happenings and truly listen to feedback. The new board meeting update videos sent out through QuickNews are evidence of this activity, and future items for consideration include examining the structure of board meetings, how policy is approved, and what and how information is provided to the public in preparation for board meetings.
District Wide Alignment
The district is actively working on alignment per CSIP goals. However, in my short time on the board, I'm hearing a desire to 1) Align professional learning communities across the district by grade level and not be siloed in individual buildings; 2) Align social/emotional character education in the buildings as the early childhood program uses Conscious Discipline, the Junior High and High School use Sources of Strength, and each elementary buildings is left to piece their own together. There is work being done in the elementary schools with the Energy Bus, which is wonderful, and I would love to see further work in this area; 3) Offer a professional learning community-like opportunity for "specials" teachers and support staff.
Opportunities for Community Input
Similar to transparency needs, we need to do a better job of listening to needs and building buy-in with our teachers, staff, students, parents, and the community at large. Some examples of activity towards this would include the district moving "Learning with Loden" to in-person monthly sessions, personally attending as many PTA meetings as I can, participating in "Portrait of a Graduate," representing the school board at Chamber events, and meeting with teachers, staff, and parents to listen to them so that we know what is working well and what needs improvement.
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