Building bridges to better education by: - Empowering & encouraging family involvement in education -Providing social-emotional learning & cultural understanding in all our classrooms -Closing the opportunity and achievement gap -Continuing to hire & retain excellent teachers -Improving technology resources & instruction in the classroom -Ensuring we have financial stability
What do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?
That is a hard question to answer because it is different for different children & families. Several would include 1-Childcare for working families (we are addressing this and continuing to work on it in our district, see answer from question 3). 2-As school communities how do we best support & help each family. Through knowing the families & engaging them. 3-Screens & social media. Learning about the research related to children/teens & their technology use and then making sure we are following best practices in our schools. As well as teaching & using technology in meaningful ways in our classrooms.
How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?
As we develop the plan for our priorities in our LCAP & budget we engage our families of English language learners, foster youth and and our diverse population. They help inform priority areas. AS we continually seek to reach out to our families and get their input more and more of their priorities will be reflected in our LCAP & budget.
What steps will you take to address the high cost and lack of availability of quality child care and preschool programs in our communities, especially for low-income children and English language learners?
Our district is already working on this. We have increased the number of offerings of state preschools in our district and we provide TK at all of our Title 1 schools. For over thirty years we have provided childcare facilities at each of our elementary schools. They are leased to providers who are required to meet NAYEC standards. At some sites the providers participate in full day subsidized daycare programs for preschool and school age care. We have partnered with First 5 and Foothill college to provide early childhood learning programs for kindergarten readiness for low income and EL families.
What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?
Our district has already put an emphasis on inclusion and supporting all our students the best we can. We will continue to work on inclusion & finding ways to improve outcomes for our children. I will work to increase Professional development and financial incentives to increase & improve the special ed teaching pool. I will also fight for increased special education funding from the federal government.
Much of the student achievement gap has been linked to the "opportunity gap" that low-income children and children of color experience, including lack of access to healthy food, preschool, tutors and enrichment activities. If elected, what steps will you take to address this issue?
Our district is already headed in the right direction. We need to ask the hard questions & work to make sure the enrichment activities we are offering are meaningful, engaging and truly enriching our students. I will continue to support partnership with Sunnyvale Collaborative for Healthier Youth, Sunnyvale Community Services and others. We also need to ask the hard questions about equity. What does equity look like, and how can we as a district be more equitable.