Sherry Krainick is running for election to the Northshore School District school board (position 2). Her response to EEN’s questionnaire is below.
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|What was the lightbulb moment that made you decide you wanted to run for school board (election or re-election)?|
|My lightbulb moment was the change in funding through the McCleary decision. In 2018, the state must fully fund basic education. I’ve worked hard since 2009 to advocate for this change. Now it’s in the hands of local districts and local school boards to use the funds to meet the needs of the students they serve. I want to use my experience to make sure students have the opportunity to reach their full potential.|
|What work or other experiences can you point to that qualifies you for the position?|
|I have spent the past decade advocating for improvements to public education and other policies that impact the lives of children in our state. I began my journey with my local PTAs as a legislative chair and was elected as Washington State PTA Legislative Director in 2013. I have worked closely with parents, teachers, school administrators and legislators on policies to improve the lives of children in Washington State. I have had the opportunity to serve on several statewide committees at OSPI: Special Education Advisory Council, Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks workgroup, ESSA Consolidated Plan Committee (and the Assessments workgroup), and the Social Emotional Learning Advisory Committee which was formed to produce a teacher training module.
I have also represented Washington State PTA as their Federal Legislative Chair working with National PTA, our Senators and Representatives to futher advance the National PTA Public Policy Agenda. I attend a variety of coalition meetings on behalf of Washington State PTA to make sure the children of Washington have a voice at the table. In my local Northshore Community, I served on the Northshore Schools Foundation Board of Trustees for 8 years, two years as President. This work provided opportunities to learn how generous our community can be to help close the gaps on unmet needs in our district.
|What are your ties to the community and how do you give back to it?|
|As indicated earlier, I have been active with local PTAs for over a decade as a legislative chair. I have been honored twice by PTA with the receipt of their Outstanding Advocate Award, first by Northshore Council PTSA in 2009 and by Washington State PTA in 2015. My work with the Northshore Schools Foundation also kept me very engaged with the Northshore community through eight years of numerous fundraising events and opportunities to deliver grants to our district, schools and teachers.
My children have been involved in a variety of activities over the years and I always find a way to give back. I became a trained Assistant Scout Master for my youngest son’s Boy Scout Troop in 2015 and served as acting Scout Master for several months in 2016. There are many ways to make a difference in the life of a child!
I currently serve on the Citizens for Northshore Schools committee where we work on the levy and bond elections. I have worked with this group since 2009.
|What does your district do well to help improve student learning? What’s one thing your district can do better to improve outcomes?|
|My district was an early adopter of Social Emotion Learning. With the help of grants from the Northshore Schools Foundation, Northshore implemented a system of positive behavior intervention supports that has changed school culture in many of the schools across our district. The last co-hort of schools will receive their training this year. Social Emotional Learning provides a framework for school and life that promotes a compassionate school climate and improves academic learning.
What could my district do better? There are many new evidence based practices that could increase outcomes for students. New curriculum and the introduction of social emotional learning or trauma informed practices require school staff to have training. One of the biggest challenges is providing access to professional development for school staff. The legislature finally returned three professional development days, but that is not enough! I know Northshore is committed to providing professional development and I believe this will be more targeted under the new strategic plan adopted by our school board.
|Parent engagement is vital to successful schools. What can your school district do to improve meaningful family engagement, especially for families that find it difficult to engage or don’t see much value in it?|
|One of the four building blocks outlined in Northshore’s 2017-22 strategic plan is “Safe Climate and Strong Relationships with Families and Communities.” Northshore is committed to welcome families as partners for student success. In Northshore, we have a very successful group of multi-cultural Natural Leaders that provide outreach to bridge the needs of families where English is a second language and cultural differences may inhibit parental communication and participation at school. We are also fortunate to have PTAs and PTSAs at most of our schools that collaborate with the district to help reach our families.
The district can encourage schools to engage families by building greater partnerships through these organizations. Northshore has fostered relationships with many partners throughout the district to build bridges and links throughout the community. We need to be willing to be creative with solutions to engage families through these partnerships. That work will continue as part of the 2017-22 Strategic Plan.