Candidate statement: Multiple paths to excellence

As current members of the Board of Education, we strongly believe in the importance of providing children with multiple pathways to achieve excellence and recognizing that intelligence can be manifested in many different ways.

We were moved recently by a New York Times article about how “multiple studies link music study to academic achievement.” The author shares conversations with high achievers about “music opening up the pathways to creative thinking” and sharpening other abilities, such as collaborating, listening, and reconciling conflicting ideas. Music is but one route among the opportunities our students have to succeed during their K-12 education.

The goals of Academic and Innovation Measurement (AIM) are another avenue offered to our students. AIM is intended to teach students across curricula how to think creatively and critically, communicate and collaborate, and consider global perspectives.

Blended learning (adding online delivery of instruction and content with some student control over pace, time, location and manner of learning), some models of which are used in our district, offers another means of enabling students to create their own route to academic achievement.

The next five years in our district promise to be a time of transformation as opportunities for student growth expand through technological developments and increased access to global resources.

We strive to give our students the level of educational experience the community values while meeting community expectations that we do so in a fiscally reasonable manner. We respectfully ask for your support and your vote on Nov. 5.

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