Diller-Odell School Board, Ward 2
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How can your school district improve its use of technology, including broadband access, to foster better equity and educational outcomes?
What can be done to ensure the safety of students and teachers in your school?
As a school board member, how do you best advocate for your district's teachers and students in preparing students for the 21st century job market?
Practical Nursing Instructor
Diploma in Practical Nursing,
Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing, and
Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education
President, St. John's Ladies Aid (2020),
Vice President (2019), President Elect (2020) of the Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma,
Team Captain for the Gage County Relay for Life (2018-current),
Past youth t-ball and volleyball coach/assistant
We have a very forward thinking and active technology department; in my opinion, in our school. I don’t believe broadband access or equity is an issue for us in our district. I would like to see our district remain at the forefront of technology so as to prepare our students for the ever changing job market.
I feel our school has taken appropriate measures to keep our children, teachers, and staff physically safe in school. What I question is the mental safety of our students. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, one in five youth have a mental health condition and half of many conditions develop prior to the age of 14. (https://www.nami.org/Advocacy/Policy-Priorities/Intervene-Early/Mental-Health-in-Schools).
Regarding bullying, data shows that in 2018 there were over 830,000 victimizations of school aged children; aged 12 - 18 (https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2020/2020063.pdf). These are alarming statistics. I feel this is an area worth exploring to see if our school is doing all we can to intervene with these statistics.
As I contemplate this question four words come to mind; listen, know, change, and grow. To effectively advocate one must be willing to listen to the teachers as they are the ones with their boots on the ground. They must be heard and understood when considering what tools are needed to prepare our students for the job market. Know reflects knowledge. The school board member must be knowledgeable of the job market demands of the 21st century as well as where the school is positioned to meet those demands. The board member must be able to identify areas for improvement and be knowledgeable of the options for improvement. This requires a spirit of inquiry to listen, ask questions and research. Additionally, the board member must be open to change in order to help the teachers, students, and our school progress in meeting the demands of the 21st century job market.
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