Core Values & Issues we care about
Unity, Representation, and Support
We're professional collaborators by the nature of our work, plus our collective slate of candidates is inclusive of Democrats and Independents. We are looking to foster greater communication between the township and the school district.
Unity means that we provide space and opportunity for everyone at USC, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religious, political or sexual orientation. We cannot be united if members of our community - new and old - feel unwelcome, underrepresented, or unable to be themselves in our public spaces.
The USC community has grown and evolved in its diversity. We are committed not only to welcoming and celebrating this diversity, but also to seeing it as the rich resource that it is to offer great learning opportunities for our children. This election can make this important community leadership position more balanced and ideologically representative of the township as a whole.
Support the staff and empower the experts
We will continue to attract, hire, and retain the most highly-qualified school staff and teachers. We will respect them and support them as the educated and well-trained professionals that they are. We will empower them to do the good work they were hired to do. That is, to provide the best possible education to all children using evidence-based practices.
We’ve each subscribed to this philosophy in the business world and would bring that to the table as school board directors. This stands in stark contrast to many school districts around the country where school boards and/or constituents are waging sterile culture wars to the detriment of their students. We want to ensure the staff have health and well-being services, and meaningful opportunities for continuing education. This will ensure that we continue to amplify the tradition of educational excellence that has defined USC schools for many years.
Modernize community engagement
We strongly believe in the American ideal of Government of, by, and for the people. We believe that engaging with and hearing from our community is critical to the success of our township and school district. We also know that school board and council meetings are not always convenient for many people in our communities due to busy work and family schedules, so their voices aren't heard. This is a problem we can and will fix.
We will put our collective decades of experience in technology (media, communication, and instructional technology) to work, deploying common-sense solutions that ensure more access for everyone. We will work to ensure that all township and school board meetings are webcast with the ability for remote attendees to participate during the community feedback portion. We will develop community surveys and parent feedback surveys when necessary on important issues facing our township and school. We will host ongoing webcast Q&A sessions with our leaders along with developing a Community Digital Engagement Strategy for ongoing feedback and communication. We will answer your emails.
Open dialogue is critical to keeping our community and schools safe and thriving. We are looking forward to having that dialogue with all of our neighbors.
Invest in the Future
Technology is changing at an extremely rapid pace and revolutionizing our world. The ever-evolving job market and career paths of today and the future means thinking not only about the tools we use to teach our kids but also the tools we teach them to use (e.g., AI and other forms of digital technology) as this will prepare them to find their place in a new professional world where they may take jobs that don’t exist today. If we want to prepare our children to face the challenges of tomorrow and prepare them to adapt to -- and shape -- a rapidly changing world, we need to make sure that we continue to evaluate what we teach our students and make sure we stay abreast of current trends in educational research, scientific knowledge, and the demands of the occupational world. This does not mean an upheaval of the current curriculum, but rather a careful analysis and forecast of what fresh high school graduates will face when they enter the real world.
In the age of information, investing in the future also means making sure our children are equipped, through a robust education, with the critical literacy skills necessary to understand the world they live in: information literacy to understand the messages they are exposed to outside of the school context. Financial literacy and budgeting so that they make wise money choices as they enter adulthood. Civic literacy so that they understand the system of government and how they can be full citizens in the world, that is to say people who can participate in the government of, by, and for the people and for greater justice for all. Interpersonal skills so that they are equipped to navigate today’s world, a world that is multicultural and multilingual, and a world where solutions to the complex problems we face will come from people who are trained to work collaboratively and creatively in a mutually respectful and nurturing manner, both locally and beyond.
In sum, investing in the future is enabling our children to solve complex problems to compose their own lives and be active “authors of understanding” rather than passive “recipients of information” so that they can truly shape the modern world. This takes time, patience, perseverance, poise, and resources.
We will not be a board of “yes-people,” accepting the administration's every recommendation without question, but we will perform true due diligence on each proposal, prevent frivolous spending, and represent the best interests of the community residents who fund the district.
A high-quality education, like the one that USC students receive, takes enormous resources. We will value every tax dollar paid by our community members and ensure that your taxes are spent in a fiscally responsible manner with transparency, while continuing to further improve educational outcomes for our children.