Authentic Community Engagement
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 pandemic has 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: