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Poudre School District G

Poudre School District (PSD) has established a director district plan of representation. All school directors are voted on at large (i.e. - eligible electors of the school district vote for one candidate from each director district). Serving as a PSD Board of Education Director is a volunteer position. Board of Education Directors serve four-year terms.Meetings are generally held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in the Conference Center (Boardroom) of the Johannsen Support Services Center, 2407 LaPorte Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80521. The second Tuesday is usually a full business meeting; the fourth Tuesday typically begins with a short business meeting followed by a work session. Both meetings are usually preceded by a dinner session that takes place in the Superintendent's conference room, just outside the Conference Center. The business portion of the meetings typically begin at 6:30 p.m. and are televised on Cable Channel 10 and streamed live on YouTube. Board members also serve on one or more special committees that meet periodically throughout the school year. Elections are held on the 1st Tuesday in November in odd-numbered years.

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    Naomi Johnson

Biographical Information

What is public education’s role in our society?

List three proposals that the Board might implement to attract and retain well-qualified teachers and staff.

What role do you believe (a) charter schools and (b) private schools (including religious schools) and (c) home schooling play in taxpayer supported public school system?

Are there areas of our public education system that need to be changed to better prepare our students for the future? Please explain.

What steps have been taken in Poudre district schools to provide safety for our students, and what other steps, if any, could be taken to enhance student safety?

Background - I have devoted my entire adult life to public education. - I've worked as a middle and high school English teacher for 13 years - I worked as an adjunct professor and teaching assistant in teacher education for three years at the University of Northern Colorado. - I hold two master’s degrees in the field of education: one in educational technology and one in teaching English. - I've conducted extensive research in various public education related topics. - I recognize the extraordinary educational opportunities in Poudre School District. One of my children experienced developmental delays as a toddler and received early intervention through PSD’s partnership with Fullana; she exceeded all of her benchmarks as a kindergarten student this past spring. - My youngest child will be graduating from high school in 2033, so the continued success of PSD is something I am enthusiastic about. - I am already an active and involved member of the school board. I look forward to the opportunity to give back to the school district that has already given my family so much. It would be an honor and a privilege to continue to represent my neighbors and bring their concerns and celebrations to the district.
Contact e-mail naomi@naomifored.org
Contact phone 970-481-3762
Twitter @educationnaomi
The role of public education in our society is simply to prepare the future citizens of our country and world. This is a dynamic responsibility, as our world is rapidly changing. Education as an institution must be flexible in order to meet these formidable and changing demands. We must work to prepare students to engage with the world around them as critical, compassionate,and empathetic adults.
1. Working with the citizens to pass 4A; this will provide additional funds for salaries. This will both attract and retain teachers. 2. While some districts dictate the exact curriculum to be taught, our teachers are given the opportunity to be flexible and creative in the classroom. This honors our teachers skills and expertise, and demonstrates that PSD believes in teachers 3. PSD offers various professional development classes to help teachers grow and meet their license renewal requirements
There are many ways to educate a child and the amazing and varied system of schools in Northern Colorado is a testament to that. Charter schools are public schools and should be funded with taxpayer support.

It is wonderful that home schooled students have a chance to attend and participate in enrichment programs, and I believe that this is outside of taxpayer support.

I am not in favor of public money going to any private school, whether religious or secular.
Changes are necessary for the future, but I don't think we know what those changes are yet. It is important that the educational system is adaptive and can anticipate the needs of a changing world. PSD has started this process with the Futures Lab and the various tech and trade classes associated with this great new project. It is important that the educational system stays flexible, while at the same time maintaining high standards for skill development.
PSD has taken steps to provide school resource officers, distribute and encourage the use of safe-to-tell, reformed the various safety drills used in classrooms, in addition to various other endeavors. School buildings have added front door cameras to assist front office staff. This is all wonderful, and PSD has gone beyond the buildings to teach students about being safe as people, understand mental health issues, and ensure that students feel that they are safe.