Priorities for Aurora Public Schools
Accelerate Student Achievement
Accelerating student achievement and closing our achievement gaps is my number one priority. As a Board, we do this by setting clear, but realistic goals and holding the Superintendent accountable. We must also make sure that everyone involved has the needed resources and supports to be successful.
Sometimes, we may fall short of our goals. When this happens, as a Board, we must have the difficult conversation to identify why this occurred and how we can continue to move forward toward success. It is also critical to regularly evaluate district programs and initiatives to ensure that they are support student learning.
Having served on the Board for four years and as President for the last year, I have a clear understanding of what my role is as a Board member. I also know how to collaborate and most effectively leverage that role to affect positive outcomes for our students and staff in the district.
Two of the primary responsibilities of the Board of Education are 1--to serve as the representative link between the Aurora community and the school district and 2--to set policy that reflects the Board's values and priorities (as informed by the community) and hold the superintendent accountable.
Advocate for Teachers and Staff
As a graduate of Aurora Public Schools, I know first-hand the passion and excellence our educators and staff bring into our classrooms and buildings each and every day. As the local policy makers, the Board must listen to and advocate for our teachers and staff. With the weight of state and federal mandates bearing down on local school districts, the Board must help ensure that our teachers and staff have the supports and resources to implement new programs or meet new requirements. By supporting teachers and staff, we are supporting students.
Engage Parents, Families and the Community
The Board is the link to the community, and the community must be engaged in the decision-making process. It is key that staff from all employee groups, families, students and community partners are brought into the conversation. These stakeholders should have the opportunity to be informed, ask questions and provide feedback.
The district is doing excellent work to engage parents and families and we must continue to expand this work. As a Board and as a community, we need to come together to identify the most effective strategies for engaging parents and families from all parts of the APS community. There are parents and families who may have not traditionally been as active in their students' schooling due to any number of barriers from language to work-schedules. Yet, there is room to engage these families too and involve them in the conversation about Aurora Public Schools.
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