Angie Smith's Goals
and Community Survey

My goals are your goals.  

 I’ve talked with hundreds of voters throughout the district over these past months, and they identify critical issues that need our attention: empowering students regardless of their background, supporting teachers, communications about virtual learning, stewardship of bond spending, climate responsibilities. I take these concerns and stories to heart. As an aspiring board member, I recognize that there’s a lot of work to be done. I will be a strong advocate for these issues, and others that we identify in time.

Please share your ideas using the survey link at the bottom.  

 
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Equity

It’s time to reimagine and create a more just education experience.

  • Ensure equitable access to services (particularly services needed during virtual education).

  • Strengthen community connections and enforce policies on discrimination

  • Examine disparities in spending from neighborhood to neighborhood, and ensure equitable allocation of funds, particularly in relation to 2019 Bond spending to make capital improvements in a way that reflects our community dedication to Climate Neutrality and fair hiring practices.  

Empowered Students and Teachers

It's time to examine how we measure success in education. When students are the focus, not a test score, it not only inspires teachers but creates lifelong learners.  

  • Strengthen collaboration between teaching staff and administration by emphasizing respect for teachers, and best practices in evaluation.

  • Encourage best practices in the use of standardized tests for each grade level by using them as tools to identify needs, while minimizing their impact on time spent learning.

  • Expand programs that better enable success for students who may not be University-bound. 

  • Maintain safety as our first priority --in public health, physical and mental health, water, infrastructure, climate, and educational justice.

  • Creation of a Student Board Commission to empower students to have a clearer voice in decision making.

Engaged Community

It's time for clear and consistent communication between administration, teachers, and families.​

  • Approach school governance with a spirit of inquiry

  • Foster a culture of respect, transparency, and honesty

  • Create authentic communication experiences for our community to assure district accountability in efforts towards equity and carbon neutrality.

  • Encourage the resurgence of the Adopt-a-School effort where Board members have direct relationships with school communities to better understand and represent their culture and their needs. 

  • Improve communications about virtual education so that families are better supported, student needs are better communicated, and programming reflects our values to support all children while maintaining physical, mental, and social-emotional safety. 

If you could completely reimagine the way schools look after this public health crisis, what would they look like?

This is a great question because this pandemic has offered an opportunity to examine the idea of real educational reform.
If this is a true opportunity at imagining, I would imagine schools to be the gold standard for what climate forward planning, implementation, and infrastructure look like. Buildings would be teaching tools used by the students who inhabit them and the community that surrounds them for safe and carbon zero gatherings. Schooldays would start later to allow for students to sleep in and get required rest. Class sizes would be smaller. Students would work and progress at their own pace collaborating with teachers and other students and community members in a way that is non-competitive. Students would be empowered to feel like masters of their own educational progress. All teachers would have the time and tools they need to teach, assess, and encourage students. Kids would get outside every day, and have an opportunity for understanding and impacting where their food comes from, how big decisions are made, how budgets are managed, how our health is protected, and how to discern reliable and credible information. Families would be included in the process of education in a way that does not distract from their own work and goals. Paramount, the safety of kids and our community would not be a worry.

 

If we want to think about more concrete examples of what could be done we would first think about how we define success for our students. It’s not a report card or a test grade that makes a successful student. Last time I asked our district what our measure of successful education is, the answer was a student that is bound for college. Not all students want to or need to go to college, and I have known many successful students who have opted not to go straight on to University. By reexamining the measures of success, we will change the tools that we use for assessing, and diminish our reliance and costs for high stakes assessments as a way to measure student learning. We can also let go of those assessments as measures of teacher success, and instead rely on real goal setting and creative collaborative work.

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Share your thoughts

You've read about me and my goals, and I welcome you to contact me if you have further questions. But now I am interested in hearing about you and your concerns.  As part of the due diligence of earning your vote,  I am seeking a comprehensive understanding of what the current education issues are in your eyes. The opinions you share on this short survey are truly valuable to me.