I put in the work to write the policy, present it, and got this policy across the finish line. We now have student voice systemically in the board room!
I put in the work to write the policy, present it to the board, brought forth facts and data to support the motion and it passed, but not as I had hoped.
While I voted no on the motion because there was no real commitment to making a change, this is still a win. Because now the public is informed, and without it, this conversation would have never happened.
When we had a listening session with our African American community members, I listened. I heard a lot, and the one thing I heard over and over again was an interest in reimagining school discipline. I have been advocating for this ever since and now it is becoming a reality. We are having a community led process where we are listening and learning to reimagine what school discipline could look like.
Our overall graduation rates have increased, and student achievement overall has increased. As we move to having kids back full time and 5 days a week in the fall, I will work hard to ensure this upward trend continues.
We are investing $620 million into our schools, and now every single school in our district will have upgrades that make our students safer, and make their education experience better.
I am easily the most active and engaged board member in our schools. Before COVID hit, it was common for me to be visiting schools, talking with teachers, parents, and students. This helps me have an ear to the ground, so I represent ALL kids better.
I have taken initiative and opened up an investigation into the Native American Graduation rate, which is the lowest at 65%. I will be working with our Miccey-Vento program and community organizations to learn WHY this is the case, and will bring a report and recommendations to the board on how to fix this.
As the Pacific Regional Director for the American Indian and Alaska Native Counsel, I am working to build a foundational structure to get Tribes more involved in education conversations on the national level. Because I am Native, there is trust with our nations since we are family. Historically we have been left out of many of these conversations and I am working hard to ensure we have a seat at the table again.
I have opened up and investigation into the resoning behind the reason why our houseless students are dropping out at such high rates. (10%) I will be working with our Miccey-Vento program and community organizations to learn WHY this is the case, and will bring a report and recommendations to the board on how to fix this.
I serve on the Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance Executive Board, and we are working to end chronic homelessness in Marion-Polk Counties and get more funding so we can take care of our most vulnerable populations. Because of my experience being homeless, I understand this on a deeper level than most and already have relationships with many homeless folks in our community.
We have had zero structure around what a board member orientation looks like. When I joined 4 years ago I was told I will “learn as I go.” Of course I have put in MANY hours to learn, grow, and become a better board member, but having a boost of knowledge in the very beginning will definitely help new board members be good at their new role. OSBA does a great job at providing training, but we need some foundational training for new and old school board members on who to be a functional school board specifically in Salem-Keizer.
I am on the Steering Committee for our Reimagining School Discipline project. As the original board member pushing for us to look at our disciplinary policies, I am glad to see that we have made traction. I have a good feeling about this group, and I know we will make a big difference.
In my role as the Pacific Regional Director of the American Indian and Alaska Native Counsel, I am working to get unity from our tribes along the west coast, and build a structure that gives us a better voice at the table on the local and National level in regards to Educaiton of our kids.
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