Over the next four years, I want to reshape district policy — to shift from building structure and laying foundations to specifically shaping our district’s work. For example:
Our district has a wonderful Gender Inclusion Policy, but we need to do more to ensure that it is fully implemented and that we have accountability structures in place. A rule is meaningless if we don’t enforce it.
I will work with our students on trans & non-binary inclusive sex-ed, consent ed, and comprehensive sex education.
I’ve been impressed by the work student activists have been doing to encourage the district to better center Ethnic Studies. I will work with the superintendent and activists to update current policies, write new policy as needed, develop a timeline and determine the steps we need to get there, build accountability structures, and implement a program that better supports culturally relevant curriculum.
In order to get the district our students need, we have to constantly evaluate the work we’ve been doing, what lies ahead of us, and not be afraid to face our mistakes. We have to be constantly questioning.
What will move student achievement? We can’t do that without talking about racial disparities, and the work we’re doing as a district to address and improve outcomes.
What does it mean for to have a SPPS education? We prioritize positive change through accountability, the strategic plan, and evaluation of the superintendent.
What is true community engagement? The district should collaborate with families — engagement isn’t checking a box, it’s a journey together, based on trust. The district needs to be at community events and informational meetings, having a real dialogue.
What does it to make our system more transparent and accessible? We need to change how difficult it is to navigate special education — families don’t even know what they can be asking for.