Stephanie Schooley, Candidate for Jefferson County School Board District 3

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Profession: Executive Director for a higher education nonprofit

City: Lakewood

Contact: www.stephanieschooleyforjeffcoschools.com

MORE: Meet Stephanie Schooley

Why are you seeking this office?

All children can succeed if they are given the opportunity. Opportunity comes through educational equity and looking closely at how we’re supporting students across the district, regardless of zip code. I am seeking the school board seat to advocate for policies and practices that address the needs of Jeffco kids, so that all students see their future in Jeffco through high-quality college, career, and community readiness from early childhood through graduation.

What makes you the best person for the job?

I have two kids in Jeffco schools, served as the co-president of the school PTA, served on the district’s accountability committee, and have been a vocal advocate for transparent processes in district decision making. I also have a 20-year background in higher education and K-H partnerships and focused on conflict resolution and community organizing for my graduate degree. These connected experiences make me a strong advocate for schools, for families, and for kids.

What are your top three priorities if elected?

I bring a focus on educational equity across all Jeffco schools and a priority around community engagement to push the work of the district and board of education forward. I want to retain effective teachers and support staff in classrooms. I want to focus resources in schools and in support of the Jeffco Generation plan so that all students see their future in Jeffco through high-quality college, career, and community readiness.

How do you feel the district could better achieve equal access to opportunities for low-income students?

The district needs to invite community members, parents, educators, and other interested parties into a dialogue about how we ensure that low-income students, ELL students, and special education students are not left behind academically. I look for efforts like All Hands Raised in Portland, for ways in which communities can come together to innovate and collaborate to narrow achievement gaps between students.

How can the district better ensure student learning meets state standards?

The most recent CMAS scores are concerning. They are also one measure of student performance at one moment in time. I believe the Jeffco Generations skills, including content mastery, are the right ones for our kids and that district resources can be focused on providing educators and school leadership the professional development and support they need to make Generations take root.

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