Innovation in the Classroom
The world is changing and our classrooms have to evolve along with it. Our school district should support our teachers to give them the opportunity to try new things in the classroom, while still maintaining the highest academic standards. We must continue to improve how we teach our kids to ensure they are engaged and excited about learning, and we must lead the way by encouraging innovation in the classroom, through partnerships with the Board, parents, educators, and the community.
Transparency & Accountability
Our School Board is elected by the citizens of HSE School District, and as such, they must be accountable to the voters. While no school board member can make everyone happy, they should listen to the concerns of the community and truly take that feedback into consideration, even if they can’t always do what every parent wants. While she has served on the Board, Julie has spent countless hours responding to emails, taking calls, and meeting with parents. While no Board member can fix every problem, Julie prides herself on working to ensure every issue is addressed and that every community member feels heard.
Additionally, our school board must also be transparent in their decision making so the community can better understand the decisions of the Board. As a current Board member, Julie has worked hard to keep communication open with parents, teachers, and the community to ensure their thoughts and ideas are considered by the Board. And as current Board President, she is working to improve the Board’s communication with the community to make sure everyone has access to our meetings and materials and can better understand the role and function of the school board.
Julie Chambers believes that it is essential that parents are involved and active participants in their child’s education. As a current Board member, she has worked to encourage more parents to become involved in helping their children succeed in the classroom by volunteering and communicating with the teacher whenever possible. Julie has also encouraged more parents to substitute teach, even volunteering her time to sub when she is able to.
A true partnership between the teacher and the parent is an important piece of the puzzle in making sure every child can excel in school, and if re-elected, Julie will continue to work with parents and the school district to find ways to help improve that partnership.
HSE schools has more than 20,000 students, so it is important to remember that not everything the schools provide will benefit every child, but everything the schools provide will benefit someone’s child. And with such a large district, it’s important that the Board, the district, teachers, and parents continue an open dialogue so HSE can better understand how we can serve our students and families.
Measuring Student Achievement
Measuring student achievement is important to determine how successful a school district is in educating its students. However, simply focusing on test scores and graduation rates is not enough. It’s one thing for a district to graduate a high rate of students, but another issue all together to make sure they are prepared for the workforce or higher education.
If re-elected, Julie looks forward to continuing her work with HSE administration to track student success after graduation, and find new ways to improve the district’s ability to prepare our students to be engaged citizens, ready to face whatever awaits them after graduating from HSE, whether that is higher-education, a trade program, the military, or the work-force.
One of the most important issues a school board deals with is budgeting and spending. As an elected member of the Board, Julie Chambers will always keep in mind that she is a steward of the people and will work to ensure that all funds are allocated appropriately.
Our first priority should be our students and making sure those who are educating them have the resources needed to perform their job. In this regard, Julie considers herself to be fiscally responsible. She will not shy away from spending money where needed, but will work to make sure any funds are spent responsibly and in a way that will improve the education our of children.