Parents, caregivers, and even experienced advocates are daunted by the barriers to accessing school leaders to meaningfully hear our voices. I want to remove barriers for families and advocates to show up and be heard at board and committee meetings. I will work to change the process of creating advisory groups and task forces to ensure that we are seeking out community in their spaces so that they can participate and contribute their knowledge in a more meaningful and robust way. SPS policy and budgeting that reflects our values and is culturally responsive depends on an ability to hear and absorb community wisdom and knowledge into our decisions. I firmly believe: Nothing About Us Without Us
I will hold monthly community meetings with parents and caregivers, rotate my meetings city wide, partner with other Directors, and provide a remote option for added accessibility. I will also attend PTSA meetings, community meetings, and meet with parents one on one. I can always be reached on Social Media or by e-mail.
It can be frustrating and exhausting to have to continuously advocate for a child to get the supports and accommodations they need. As a parent advocate, I think about the kids that do not have a dedicated ally with the access to a supportive quality education. As an SPS Director, I will advocate for true Targeted Universalism inclusion for all, and do everything in my power to stop harmful practices such as restraint, isolation, and disproportionate discipline.
Teachers and principals need the support of the administration and our board to create the best possible learning environments. Administration and the board must communicate clear expectations in a timely manner to teachers, principals, and staff. As a SPS Director I will work to ensure that those impacted by administrative decisions are both informed and have the opportunity to provide feedback.
Communication with parents and caregivers must also be consistent and as transparent as possible.
As we continue to move forward with COVID-19 vaccinations and the likelihood of in person learning in the fall, SPS educators, staff, students, and the community have many and varied concerns. Accessible transportation, additional mental health services, a long-term reduction in high-stakes testing, revamping curriculum for inclusivity, and a stop to harmful practices are some areas of the future challenges we face for in-person learning.
I will be physically, mentally, and emotionally engaged and present in seeking out and listening to families of color.
I will work to eliminate disproportionate discipline, isolation and restraint, and the school to prison pipeline, and create an environment where students of color see themselves, are seen and supported, and are given opportunities to develop and demonstrate their talents and work.
I also know that I do not know all of the things that families want and expect from their children’s school experience, and that part of my job will be to continuously engage and learn.
The intersections of students of color with LGBTQIA+, cognitively atypical, disabled, and more mean that space must be held in every conversation for families of color to be heard, seen, and supported.