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2015 Tacoma School Board Candidate Endorsement Criteria

We aim to endorse education champions that share our desire for bold change, who will make education their top priority, who can work strategically and effectively, and who want to work with us over the long term to improve outcomes for students in Tacoma.

OUR SIX KEY CRITERIA FOR ENDORSING EDUCATION CHAMPIONS

1. Holds high expectations for all kids

2. Has experience with, and knowledge of, public education

3. Has experience with, and knowledge of, innovative education policies

4. Is a strong, strategic, and catalytic leader who brings others along

5. Is strongly aligned with Stand for Children’s policy agenda

6. Is a viable candidate and able to run a successful campaign

SKILLS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS

We believe that effective school board members, working together with families, teachers, principals and community members, can create a bright future for all our children. Effective school board members must:

    • Focus on academic outcomes for all students
    • Have a coherent theory of action for change and advance a strong, student outcomes-focused agenda
    • Work together and do not push the agendas of individual members or constituents
    • Govern by policy and avoid micromanagement
    • Reach out to their community to build public support and bring resources to schools
    • Establish a close relationship of trust with the district superintendent

STAND TACOMA’S 2015-16 POLICY AGENDA

Our Tacoma 2015-16 Policy Agenda was developed through careful analysis of research and best practices from around the nation, in consultation with best-in-class practitioners and with our members and community partners. Our platform sets forth our aspirations and we look forward to working with elected officials to make them realities.

    • Make wise investments in policies and targeted strategies that are proven to close achievement and opportunity gaps, and ensure that all students graduate college and career ready
    • Expand access to high-quality early learning opportunities, while helping current early learning providers reach higher levels of quality
    • Improve district-family communications and partnerships, especially for English Language Learners
    • Hire, support, and retain effective teachers and leaders for all students
    • Foster strong collaboration among district and public charter schools in Tacoma

For more information about our Tacoma school board endorsement process, please contact our Tacoma Director, Liesl Santkuyl.

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