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Revise current learning model

As a districtwide instructional coach in Mansfield ISD, I am in classrooms each day directly supporting teachers as they deliver in-person and virtual language arts instruction. I help design literacy curriculum, create digital learning resources, present professional development sessions, and stay abreast of research-based best instructional practices. I will draw upon my knowledge as both an instructional coach and former AISD teacher to offer authentic solutions to our chief academic officer, fellow school board members, and superintendent so we can effectively bridge the learning gaps our students have faced as a result of Covid-19. I would push for the following revisions to our learning model:

Maximize instructional time in our classrooms

As a seasoned educator, I have seen firsthand how critical it is to let teachers teach and students learn. As a mother of an AISD student, I view this as a non-negotiable. As long as school is in session, we can support our teachers and students by lifting the current stipulations:

Strengthen the connection between schools and families

As a mother of an AISD first grade student and former AISD family engagement liaison, I know how urgent and beneficial it is for us to stay connected. When we work as a team, it has a direct impact on student learning. I have faith that one day, our campuses will return to hosting wonderful events in-person for students, parents, and families. In the meantime, we will need to get more creative with these opportunities such as:

Celebrate our heroes

Our students, teachers, administrators, and families are working harder than ever before. To show our true gratitude and encourage our community to persevere through these times, we can implement incentives in addition to the initiatives we already have in place:

Retaining qualified professionals and passionate educators is critical to the future of our school district and the 60,000 children we serve. We must be intentional about providing incentives and showing ongoing appreciation to our AISD employees.