Closing the achievement gap
Let’s attack the achievement gap! Although we have been nibbling around the edges of this problem for a long time, success continually seems out of our reach. Let’s look at what strategies have been successful in other school systems in Virginia and go all in on solving this disparity. I want every student to feel valued and respected and to understand that he or she has the potential to meet high expectations. No one should fall between the cracks.
Hiring, developing, and retaining quality staff
Let’s prioritize hiring, developing, and retaining quality staff. Good relationships create a climate for learning. Everyone related to the educational services we provide is important— teachers, principals, assistants, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, support staff; every one of them matters. We need to be recruiting the very best personnel at every level and listening to our current employees regarding measures we can take to make their service to our children more effective.
Expanded access to our high school options
Let’s continue to expand our vision of what high school can be for our students. The new high school centers and CATEC can re-ignite the love of learning for some of our teens. These work-based and community-based learning experiences are incredibly meaningful for students who are interested in “hands-on” learning. I believe my experience in workforce development at Literacy Volunteers makes me uniquely qualified to help think through how we can prepare our students for jobs that pay living wages.