Authentic Community Engagement
As a parent, I’ve appreciated the regular, clear communication from APS this school year when so much about the pandemic has kept us in a state of uncertainty. Before the pandemic, I valued the APS Engage website as a tool to learn quickly about current initiatives.
That said, what I’ve experienced and heard from others is that too often, the community’s opportunities to interact with APS leaders and School Board members are limited to families and community volunteers being “informed” or “welcomed” or “engaged” within limited processes that feel traditional and stale, with outcomes that are predetermined.
If the past twelve months have proven anything, it’s that this community and its families will give so much for their children’s education. It’s time for APS and the School Board to invite them in as real partners in learning, be active listeners and seek out new parent voices, and take better advantage of the incredible knowledge, talents and volunteerism they have to offer.
As a School Board member, I will: