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Laurel School Board - at large

School boards are elected trustees who oversee the local school district and represent the community in matters affecting education. In Delaware, school board service is an unpaid position with a term of 5 years. School board elections are nonpartisan, and are held on the second Tuesday in May each year.The school board…Sets the vision and goals for the school districtEstablishes policies that give the district direction to set priorities and achieve its goalsHires and evaluates the superintendentAdopts and oversees the annual budgetManages the collective bargaining process for district employeesSets student performance standardsApproves curriculumApproves the school calendarSelects transportation systemsApproves contracts with outside vendorsManages facilities/construction issuesIn the Laurel School District, five Board of Education members are elected on a rotating basis (with one seat open each year) from the district at large.

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  • Ivy T Bonk

  • Joseph Deiter

  • David B Nichols

Información Biográfica

What is your vision for education in your community?

What is your background and how do/would those experiences and skills allow you to be an effective school board member?

The biggest dilemma in Delaware public schools right now is the reopening of public schools. When should your District resume full classroom instruction, and what is the school board's role in the safe return to physical buildings for students and staff?

Are you satisfied with the education outcomes in your school district such as literacy, numeracy, and graduation rates? If yes, please elaborate. If no, please explain.

What do you believe is a school board member’s role and responsibilities? Please elaborate.

How do you view the Education Equity Lawsuit Settlement currently on the table before the General Assembly?

Residence (neighborhood/area): Sussex County, Delaware
Campaign email: ivy@everychildwhole.com
Campaign Phone: (302) 245-0479
Are you currently a school board member? (Y/N) N
How many school board meetings did you attend last year? 0
Brief background bio (a single paragraph): Dr. Ivy is an architect in the education space innovating access for all students. She has over two decades of experience in business and education. She possesses an Ed.D. in Educational Psychology from Regent University with a research focus in childhood trauma’s impact on learning and development coupled with a specialty certification in Neuro-sequential Modeling in Education (NME) from The Child Trauma Academy (CTA). Dr. Ivy’s Grounded Learning Framework provides a blueprint for redefining education so that we can move past the mythical pursuit of equity and justice and truly have the hope of realizing it. She is the founder of Every Child Whole, LLC, an educational services organization, and its affiliated non-profit ReThink Learning, Inc. She is the author of The Day Trauma Came to Class (an educator course), LOST: Finding My Way Back to a Place I’ve Never Been and the educator course, The Day Trauma Came to Class and Grounded Learning: Education’s Recovery Plan.
Website or social media link: http://www.everychildwhole.com
My vision for education in my community and others is that we give children an equitable foundation to build a future on. This means the individual student becomes the focus, not the political agenda, teachers are supported, parents are welcomed, businesses and community are drawn in and leaders are courageous servants.
I have been involved in education in varying forms for over two decades. From administering and building programs, leading statewide initiatives and events, to now, as a consultant, innovating solutions that focus on addressing the impact of unaddressed trauma and all of its aftermath. Some of the skills I can offer are leadership, relationship- and consensus-building, and problem-solving.
What are the best practices of those who have been or are being successful? How does what worked become implemented into your specific situation (all schools are different)? Evaluate, make the plan, take action. Make all stakeholders a part of the process. Communicate much and well. If educating students is the focus, then let’s make it the focus. If it is not, then let’s get honest. School boards stay informed about those things that best serve the needs of all students, they contribute their knowledge and understanding, and they support the leadership.
Unfortunately, when your district ends up near bottom of a lot of lists, it would be difficult to answer this question with an authentic yes. However, I think this is too simple of a question and probably not the right one. We have a broken education system – the outcry, research, and outcomes tell us traditional education (not meant to work for everyone in the first place) has long passed its expiration date - couple this with unprecedented and chaotic factors as we have now, and I am not sure how satisfactory literacy, numeracy, and graduation rates should be expected.
Some of the roles and responsibilities of a school board member would include, but are not limited to, staying informed about issues; not being swayed by personal or political agendas; possess the ability to make fair and equitable decisions; honor others; operate with integrity and authenticity; act as a community builder (parents); create sound policymaking and governance that represent the good of all; ensure students are kept as the focus; and teachers have the support they need.
I am all for anything to aid in the interruption of inequity. It's my work. However, with any wise exercise in due diligence, we have to look beyond the headline and ask questions. It's reported bottomline the settlement equates to a 5% increase in overall spending, so question would be how specifically will this money be spent to impact the lives of the students for whom we say it is purposed? Unaddressed trauma IS the equity issue, the root of the oppressive and broken system. How are we interrupting the generational cycle by creating multi-generational learning spaces – equipping and empowering parents?; how are we implementing strategies in early and elementary school to embed the work of regulating the brain BEFORE anything else; and how are we disrupting deficit messaging – the color of your skin has nothing to do with the potential of your mind and any limited capacity up to this point is not an indicator of true abilities, but rather access to needed opportunity. Fund that.
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