In the last two school board meetings our educators have brought forward two very important programs that are positive efforts to deal with our enlarged classrooms. The first program to be introduced was the PBIS or Positive Behavior Intervention Support. Explained by Sean Dickenson and Antoinette Gutierrez at the Sept 25th board meeting, these two outstanding educators gave all the details of the new behavior management program that is designed to standardize how the teachers deal with behavior problems in the classroom environment. This is great news for all teachers regardless of their classroom size but is a testament to the districts efforts to deal with behavior problems in the classroom that affect all students. Until such time as we can reverse the classroom sizes or hire more teachers we have to see such new programs as the PBIS make their appearance and become effective if we are to move forward in reaching our goal of leaving no child left behind.
The second great report came from Instructional Support Coaches Ian Young, Laura Roman, Kelli Boatman and Ingrid Lin. They presented an update on efforts of all support coaches to work with new teachers to provide them with needed assistance in making the transition to their new schools. In many cases the transition is one that is from student teaching to teaching students for hire at our district. So while there is much to complain about at times, I feel that there must also be time to applaud the districts efforts to address problems that we are facing. In my opinion both of these presentations are working on the problem of overcrowded classrooms.
If elected to the school board I will work hard to support these programs and other programs that deal with problems at the source. Concerns of mine include school safety, increasing attendance or ADA (average daily attendance), vote against any form of pension spiking, restoration of the GATE program, STEM curriculums at all grade levels and bussing to name a few. I will reach out to parents to involve them in the decision making process and work for a higher level of transparency in all board decisions. Thank you, Edward Brown.