Student success looks different for every student and family, but I believe each is grounded in a child reaching their full potential. True “success” for many is not only about academic success, but physical and social-emotional development as well. For many of our students Childhood Trauma is a significant barrier to their success.
What we should all be asking ourselves is, How do we define a school’s success? It’s more than just how many students graduate. It definitely involves how prepared those graduates are for participating in an ever-evolving job market, their exposure to the building and trades skills needed for the infrastructure of the future, and in their capacity to be a functioning member of a diverse community. Spokane Public Schools has worked hard to provide greater equity in our district, but I believe we can do more to help students overcome obstacles and prepare for the future.