I believe the answer to education/school transformation is strong, authentic community connections and actions. I envision a district where student success through effective communication is a top priority. Through community meetings, town halls, and social media, I will work hard to engage the community in a dialogue that promotes realistic expectations, consistency, honesty, and dependability within the system. I will ensure that parents are aware and informed about the options they have within our schools. By connecting with parents, this will provide all stakeholders the opportunity to have conversations about programs, safety, engagement, and progress. The communities within the school district need to understand what is happening there in order to nurture our schools according to our particular needs.
Strong schools are the foundation of a strong community. Students need to feel they are valued and included in order to learn. Our children and their education are the foundation upon which the future of our community is built. Our students deserve a safe learning environment geared to today’s changing world. Strong schools create strong citizens and increase value to communities. With the implementation of Safe and Sound Schools (Safe and Sound Youth Council) and Not in Our Town (Not in Our School), safety programs within schools will offer students, teachers, staff, and the local community the information, knowledge, and skills necessary to remain safe. When a climate of safety and respect is created, learning will follow.
Problem solving without partnerships risks overlooking the most pressing community concerns. Thus, the partnership between the local school community along with local government officials, parks/recreation facilities, police/fire Departments, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Juvenile Justice, effective mentoring programs, local faith based communities, homeowner associations, and small business owners will allow us to work together in partnerships to identify the most pressing concerns of our communities. Each stakeholder will bring different knowledge and different perspectives to effectively solve problems.
Students in American schools come from a large spectrum of environments and backgrounds. Some students come from traditional and non-traditional home environments. Educators are faced with the challenging task of providing proficient instruction to a wide range of learning abilities, learning disabilities, and diverse family value structures. In essence, the family unit is critical to the student’s academic development. The family is where children develop their educational styles. By implementing a Save our Schools Initiative, this presents the opportunity for collaborative efforts between local college/universities (four-year), technical institutions (two-year), and branches of our armed forces to ensure that all students are successful beyond graduation day. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to education. However, by meeting the needs of students throughout their educational journey, we can set the course for success.
In order to succeed in a rapidly paced, global environment, students need to take advantage of every opportunity that will prepare them to function and contribute in this world. Student’s academic motivation is nurtured and cultivated by their parents, family, and community. Parents are a central part of a student’s education. Family involvement is essential for the success of students. So the academic community must prioritize building a strong partnership between the school and the home. Through carefully implemented Parent University initiatives parents will be provided with the tools and skills needed to learn about student achievement, staying healthy, and utilizing social service resources to navigating the modern school system.