Shoreline School Board Director, District 5
Listening, learning, and working to improve student experience, engagement, and outcomes in every Shoreline school.
It has been an absolute honor to serve our community during some of our district’s biggest challenges as well as important moments of progress. Through the past four years I’ve worked to learn the legal, financial, contractual, and organizational structures that guide, direct, and constrain how our district works.
We have important work ahead as we continue to navigate the personal and academic impacts from the pandemic alongside ongoing budget challenges.
I’m committed to listening to and partnering with students, families, staff, and community to create a shared way forward with clear guidance, communication, and accountability. I would be grateful for your vote to continue serving you on the Board.
First Term Report
There was no way to know, or even imagine, four years ago the immense challenges our board and community, all of public education, our state and country, and the entire world would endure; and yet our board has approached this time of service in the same way I promised I would work towards:
with a commitment to being in relationship, and increasing connection with, our school community;
expanding awareness of, access to, and education around the work of the board;
seeking input from, listening to, and representing community concerns as a part of decision making,
with a focus on students and families who have been historically silenced, excluded, or unheard;
engaging in deep learning around the many systems that make our district work;
recognizing and working to support the diversity of needs of our students;
understanding and supporting the work of our talented, dedicated, and caring educators and staff;
advocating for ways to address the funding and policy gaps that persist;
and being transparent and accountable in both public meeting and private conversation.
During this time of service I have been proud of the work we have done around...
Advancing Inclusion, Belonging, and Representation in our District by Collaborating on and Passing:
Ethnic Studies & Since Time Immemorial Resolution
Gender Inclusive Schools Policy
Special Education Vision and Guiding Principles
Expanding Student Voice in Governance & Decision Making
Improving Access to, Engagement with, and Effectiveness of the Board through:
Hybrid Meetings with Pre-meeting, In Person, and Virtual Public Comment Opportunities
Student Listening Sessions
Full Information on Upcoming & Recent Board Meeting Agendas, Decisions, and Ways to Engage in the Weekly District-Wide Emails
Board Operating Principles
Annual Board Evaluation
Policy and Communication Committees
Supporting Academic Growth and Educational Equity through:
District Wide Grade-Level Curriculum Alignment
Equitable Literacy Practices
Equitable Grading Practices
Dual Language and AVID Programs
Equity Leads in Every Building Team
Outcomes Based School Improvement Plans (SIPs)
Advancing Legislative Advocacy at the Local, County, State, and Federal Levels through:
Establishing Relationships with Elected Officials for our District
Annual Legislative Priorities
Active Participation in WA State Legislative Session
Sharing District Data and Policy/Funding Needs with Legislators and Decision Makers
Joint Meetings with City Councils
Collaboration with Other Boards Across WA on Shared Priorities
Participation in WSSDA Process
As we move forward together, these shared priorities and focuses will guide my work and decision-making as a member of the Board.
Student Voices & Outcomes
Listening to those most impacted to understand their experience and focusing on eliminating disparities in student outcomes.
Comprehensive Safety & Care
Prioritizing best practices that will provide physical, emotional, and psychological safety of all students in all aspects of our schools.
Access & Engagement
Continuing to expand access to, clarity of, and engagement with the work of the board to build trust, represent it all fully, and be accountable.
Inclusion & Belonging
Supporting our district in being a place where our diverse and vibrant school community lives, learns, and thrives together now and always.
Relationship & Collaboration
Centering policy and practices that support healthy student, staff, family, board, and community relationship and collaboration.
Navigating the structural budget shortfall to realign our expenses with our revenue for an ongoing, sustainable, healthy budget.
Revisiting and updating our full policy manual to ensure our district guiding documents reflect our shared vision and adhere to current law.
Continuing ongoing relationships and advocacy with state and federal officials to support improved policy and full funding for our schools.
A NEW STRATEGIC PLAN
Learning about effective board governance and best practices to improve student experiences and outcomes over the past four years, one thing which is regularly shown as a key factor in districts making progress toward shared goals is a community co-devised district-wide strategic plan.
A plan provides clear direction on the many decisions a board, superintendent, and administration face in putting into place the budget, staffing, programs, and services that will fulfill the district's vision.
With work already done to create the district's Instructional Strategic Plan and Race & Equity Policy, Shoreline is ready to come together to create a new strategic plan that will guide our next 3-5 years.
Moving forward with a community engaged strategic planning process is one of my key priorities.
I have been grateful to receive the following endorsements for my re-election:
Rep. Cindy Ryu, 32nd LD
Rep. Lauren Davis, 32nd LD
Keith Scully, Shoreline City Mayor & Councilmember
Phillippa Kassover, Lake Forest Park City Council Vice Chair
Semra Riddle, Lake Forest Park Councilmember
STATEWIDE SCHOOL LEADERS
Liza Rankin, Seattle School Board Vice President
Luckisha Phillips, Federal Way School Board
Carin Chase, Edmonds School Board
I Want to Hear From You!
If you are a Shoreline Schools student, family, or community member, I am eager to hear about your experiences, priorities, and hopes for Shoreline Schools. Please use whichever way is best for you and I look forward to hearing from you!