SSD #1 School Board Member District 5
School board members oversee the care, management, and control of schools. This includes hiring, firing, and overseeing superintendents, who manage the day-to-day affairs of the district. They also set levies to fund the district and create school policies.
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Why are you the best candidate for this position? (750 characters)
If elected, what will your top three priorities be and why? (500 characters)
How will you work with staff and teachers to promote safety in our schools? (500 characters)
My Christian faith and Ojibwe culture have provided me life-long guidance both personally and professionally. Integrity, compassion, and servant-life are key values that are essential to the work of racial equity and decreasing disparities in education. We all have gifts and knowledge to contribute to this work and we must humble ourselves and learn from one another. It's for this reason that the diversity of the student body is so important and my favorite thing about Minneapolis Public Schools. Unfortunately students do not see enough administration, staff and teachers that look like them or represent their communities. This, and access to culturally-relevant and trauma-informed education and curriculum is a top priority for me.
My top priority is to increase access to culturally responsive education, with curriculum that accurately depicts history and experience of Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) including the strengths and resiliency of these communities. End bullying and discrimination against BIPOC and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) children. Improve school performance (e.g., reading levels) and graduation rates of BIPOC.
Ensure that training and education on literacy, identification and strategies for learning disabilities, and creating inclusive classroom for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ will be of utmost importance as well as ongoing mentoring in these areas.
As an MPS parent and a recent MPS teacher, I know how important it is for the school board to have representation of a recent MPS educator. During my time in the classroom, I have seen the wonderful things within MPS, but I have also seen the areas we need to improve. I will work to address inequities within our school system that disproportionately impact our Students of Color. I will seek to strengthen and stabilize our public school system so it prepares and equips our students to be engaged members of society and pursue their dreams. I envision a school board member as one who advocates for students, families and staff, holds district leadership accountable for their decisions, and demands transparency from district leadership.
Ensuring decisions are student-centered, focusing on culturally-relevant curriculum and professional learning opportunities for all staff so they are prepared to educate all our children.
Retaining and recruiting families and educators, specifically Educators of Color to reflect our diverse student population.
Repairing relationships between district leadership and the community by listening to the needs and hopes of students, families and educators so we can work together to make MPS stronger.
Serving as a School Board Director means listening and learning about school experiences, including experiences of staff members, to have a better understanding of the successes and challenges in the classroom. I will work with district staff to develop and implement safety plans for schools as well as plans for creating community within schools and classrooms, and training to implement restorative practices at each site to build equitable outcomes and create positive school-wide culture.
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