Citizens of FBISD need to understand the challenges the district faces in order to support problem solving. Genuinely seeking COMMUNITY FEEDBACK and openly communicating the WHY in decisions will gain buy-in and open the door to needed collaboration. Kristen looks forward to increasing community listening sessions and using available channels to quickly share information with transparency.
Ensuring health and safety requires a focus on PHYSICAL, MENTAL and SOCIAL needs of individuals. In addition to practically supporting immediate Covid-19 prevention, schools have the opportunity to grow the whole student by increasing occasions for physical activity, improved nutrition, social interaction, and programming.
Teachers can be the most significant influence over a student's classroom success. Creating an environment where the best TEACHERS CAN THRIVE is critical. Expanding teacher and administrator mentor programs, along with revisiting more creative compensation plans, will position FBISD to recruit and RETAIN the most talented educators.
It is important to use the lessons learned through virtual schooling to ENHANCE FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES for students. Hybrid education for high schoolers and expansion of programs with access to classes at other campuses could offer enriched learning not previously available. Access could also be continued for families and students who thrived while remote learning. Training and resource materials for parents will also provide enhanced support.
All students are promised a free and equitable education, but we know not all students have the same needs. FBISD can support all learners by investing in expanded resources for DIAGNOSING learning issues. This includes offering TRAINING AND SUPPORT STAFF to teachers and parents. It is also imperative to implement emergency response plans for special education students when emergency situations occur.
Communities are the foundations of successful schools; so fostering community involvement is paramount. Establishing a LONG-TERM ZONING AND GROWTH STRATEGY provides stability to families and neighborhoods and initiates volunteerism. Campus-based reading rooms, hobby studios and recreation centers, especially those engaging our neighborhood seniors or corporate volunteers, can provide meaningful academic and social support. It's time to help make these initiatives happen.