I have worked since 2008 to improve public education throughout our state and in the Northshore School District. We are fortunate to live in an area that has historically valued and prioritized quality public education. We have quality teachers in our classrooms, including a high number of teachers with National Board Certification. We consistently pass our levies and bonds. Our current school board has made great strides with school board policies, a strategic plan and increased family engagement and communication throughout the district. I would like to continue their great work to include the following areas:
The number of students in our district continues to grow with shifting demographics. We must focus on the needs of students in each of our pathways to prioritize resources across the district. These responsibilities will be increased as the legislature keeps it’s commitment to fully fund basic education. The school board must utilize all funding resources to maximize student success while ensuring fiscal responsibility to the community through transparency and audits.
In order to serve each individual learner, we need to ensure adequate student supports are available. Support should include academic subjects, health, and the social/emotional support systems that make learning possible. Learning standards in all subjects are updated regularly and must be implemented with fidelity. There must be adequate professional development for all staff in order to meet the needs of all students.
Administrators, teachers, para-educators and staff
Student supports can only be successful if school staff receives quality professional development to implement those supports. I am committed to making sure staff has access to professional development that improves outcomes for our students. We are very fortunate in Northshore to have quality teachers in our classrooms. In addition to academic professional development, all staff should be trained in trauma-informed practices, social emotional learning, and de-escalation procedures to meet the changing needs of our community and keep students in school.
Diversity and Equity
It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for educating all children residing within its boarders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex. (Washington State Constitution). Northshore School district is among the first to adopt a policy on diversity and equity. With implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, we will have even more opportunity to ensure school improvement plans address diversity and equity in each of our Northshore schools. That’s a big step to ensuring every student receives a world-class quality education.
Multiple Pathways to Student Success
Our current public education system is focused on career and college-ready learning standards. This can be achieved in numerous ways. It is often easier for students on the college pathway to plot a course through their high school and beyond plans. Many of our students do not select the college pathway. Not all careers require a college degree. We know there is a shortage of skilled workers in our state. That shortage is expected to increase. We need to better engage students and families in late elementary and middle school to work together on high school and beyond plans to chart a course for each student. Students can access numerous Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Northshore schools, or through the WANIC skills center, to earn a certificate or 2-year degree that readies them for employment. I will work to ensure students have access to pathway options in middle school.