BRILLIANT SCHOOLS FOR A BRILLIANT FUTURE
"This moment is a challenge, but it is also an opportunity. We can only solve these problems by coming together as a community to keep each other safe and invest in our collective future. I want to work for Coronado's students, because when our kids succeed, we all succeed."
LIST OF ISSUES
Educating Global Citizens
Technology, economy, and national security all make the world a smaller place every day. We must educate our children to become adults who can navigate global crises (like pandemics and climate change) and global opportunities (like trade and technology) with an eye on local impacts of global phenomena.
Building Diversity & Embracing Inclusivity
Recent protests have laid bare racial divisions in our schools. We need to embrace each other in all of our differences as members of the same community, while at the same time providing the highest quality education. We can and must treat each student with dignity and respect regardless of race or background.
Pivoting to a Post-COVID World
Children need to be back in school learning, and parents need to be working instead of trying to be teachers, but teachers need to be safe and supported, and we all need to remain healthy. Open communication and improved use of technology will assist us. Looking past 2020, recovering and rebuilding after the pandemic-driven fiscal crisis will take creativity, determination, and vision.
With distance learning in full effect, parents appreciate teachers now more than ever! We must take these lessons into the future and ensure that teachers are given the resources and support they need to make their classrooms world class, safe, healthy learning environments.
Our school district faces two large challenges at the moment. On the one hand, a global pandemic has physically pulled us apart by closing schools and forcing social distancing. On the other hand, recent protests have laid bare racial divisions in our schools. We need to embrace each other in all of our differences as members of the same community, while at the same time providing the highest quality education, from a distance if necessary.
Navigating these waters will not be easy.
In order to raise the future leaders of our city, state, and country, we need to teach our students the true value of diversity and inclusion. The reality is that our country was founded by visionary White men, but built on the backs of Black slaves and Chinese indentured servants, on top of Native American and Indigenous Mexican lands. The beauty of this country are the ideals of freedom and justice. The challenge of our time is to ensure that all people can achieve the freedom and justice that the Constitution guarantees. The duty of our schools is to teach students to become citizens who pursue their own happiness, contribute to society, and live to see the real promises of equality.
But, just because we are in a time of crisis doesn’t mean our other issues go away. Education of future generations is a big responsibility with long term impacts. We must always maintain a focus on what is best for our kids.