I am a firm believer that all students can succeed if schools have the ability to provide teachers and students with the resources they need. Having worked at two schools within the BPS system, I have a unique understanding of the challenges facing students, teachers, and families. I pledge to get our public schools up to 21st Century standards by focusing on adequate facilities, proper technology, and strategic learning environments; and to fight for the funding to make it happen.
I will work with local universities in and around the district to increase their level of involvement with our schools. Universities offer a wealth of resources that can create transformative opportunities in STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
Collaborate with universities to build working relationships between the various university departments and our schools.
Invite university students to help our students excel at science, technology, and mathematics.
Work to create college mentor programs can inspire student artists, athletes, and scholars strive toward attending colleges.
All students in the Boston Public Schools should leave high school fully prepared for their future, whether they decide to pursue a degree or focus on a career as a tradesperson. This happens by supporting Madison Park High School and building more partnerships with trades unions so that students can leave high school with a fast track to becoming apprentices. This allows for young high school graduates to enter careers with high incomes with great potential.
By funding our schools, we can install proper technology in the classroom. With reliable tools, we can set students on a path to join the Boston area’s booming tech industry. We should be offering early computer literacy classes and CompTIA A+ classes that will lead to employment right out of high school. Going even further, we should partner with neighboring universities to develop a curriculum teaching the foundations of coding, with classes offered for a variety of programming languages.
Consistent with the current trend of combining grade levels and learning styles, it is important that we implement inclusion in a manner that genuinely enhances learning. Inclusion allows for students with different learning styles to be educated alongside other students that have traditionally been excluded from a mainstream learning environment. In these classrooms, it is important to have more than one full-time certified teacher. This ensures that our students get the attention and assistance that their specific learning style needs while also benefiting from being part of the social classroom. Teachers cannot fully differentiate lessons when they are solely responsible for reaching numerous differ learning styles which include students with disabilities. We need to push for adequate teachers in the classroom to give the instructional support our students deserve.
By funding our schools, our overworked custodial staff can get some relief. By hiring more custodians, we can take better care of our buildings over the long-term and allow focus on issues that arise over time.
We must expand arts education within our public schools. Creativity helps build confidence and strengthens decision-making skills. Funded arts curriculum increases socioemotional health, especially when introduced at a younger age.