There are four things we must do differently in public education:
STAFF: WE must be more intentional about recruiting more diverse educators, and placing those individuals who are most effective and experienced with our most vulnerable student population (students of color, ELL, SPED). Staff must be supported with the necessary resources and professional development to best serve these populations. Staff must be compensated appropriately to ensure retention
FAMILY/COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: We must do a better job of seeing family and community as equal partners in the education of children. Educators alone cannot meet the many and varied needs of students.
STUDENT SUPPORT: We must ensure the academic, social-emotional, physical, and cultural needs of all students are being met. Students whose needs are not met or who do not feel connected into the school community do not learn well.
TRANSITION: We must do a better job of aligning systems from preschool to post-secondary. We are losing too many students of color, ELL, SPED, and foster children in the transition point from elementary to middle school, from middle to high school, and high school to adulthood. We must create a smooth pathway for students and families to understand how to navigate the complex system of public education.