J.A. Rogers Elementary School
How are you working to increase equity in education and opportunity for students in your school?
In the 2017-2018 school year, I saw that my students did not have equal access to technology resources. This is an ever-changing time in history, where we are using more and more technology-based ideas. I wrote a grant for my classroom to get iPads, stands and headphones so that my students could have a fair chance of learning how to use technology in our everyday life. I was awarded the fully funded project by the Kauffman Foundation that year and my students got the resources they deserved.
What message about public education do you want to share?
A major issue in public education today is bullying. This is not a new problem but it is one that has a huge impact on learning within many students. This is important to me because I don’t want any student to feel less than or unsafe in a learning environment, let alone in life. In my classroom, we follow our school’s matrix to be safe, responsible and respectful learners. Each problem that arises between classmates is met with problem-solving strategies and questioning to figure out how we can solve it and keep it from happening again.