As a school board member, you will represent the public’s voice in public education. What are some ideas you have to accurately and fairly represent the public when your constituents have conflicting points of view?
As a university educator, I am experienced in the model of shared governance. This decision-making method is centered around listening to everyone’s thoughts and opinions and then finding common ground within the information shared. This is precisely what the school board needs during its decision-making process. Collegial discourse is the foundation of a robust educational system, and I have been involved with this process for years as a university faculty member. This method is also essential in the business world and can be taught to students, enabling them to think critically and absorb different views while searching for commonality.
Additionally, I will be an involved board member, constantly going on-site to the different CUSD schools and listening to students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members to gain clarity and an understanding of the issues facing each school.