David J. Weinstein
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David J. Weinstein
Let's challenge ourselves to do better for all of the children of Cambridge
The right skills, experience, and perspective
I was a full-time classroom teacher in public schools for five years (teaching both art and English), and studied school reform and teacher leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Cambridge has been my home for 16 years, and my children are now in kindergarten and 5th grade in the Cambridge Public Schools.
I get things done, I have bridged scholarship, public understanding and action in my career at non-profits and at Brandeis University. I am now coordinating a new national program based at Brandeis that is teaching college students how to be effective, engaged citizens at the state legislative level. (ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation.)
I know the classroom. I know our community. I know how to build consensus. I will be accountable to you.
I ask you for your #1 vote on November 7th. Let's work together.
El texto de arriba está disponible en Español aquí. [The above text is available in Spanish here. Thank you to Azlin Perdomo, CRLS and Amigos parent, for her translation!]
Where to start?
Important areas of focus:
Three specific changes I will work for from day one:
Advanced Learners: I have been committed to supporting all learners to achieve their highest potential throughout my time as a classroom teacher in public schools in New York and Massachusetts, and now as an engaged parent in the Cambridge Public Schools. That is why from the start of my campaign for School Committee I have included advanced learners in my stated priorities. I chose not to sign the recently circulated “Commitment on Advanced Learning for Candidates for the Cambridge School Committee.” Why? For more about my commitments with regard to advanced learners in Cambridge and why I did not sign the circulated statement, please see my detailed response here: https://www.facebook.com/votedavidweinstein/posts/1981003022146382.
A little more background:
I was fortunate to go to school in and later teach in a community just north of New York City that, though smaller than Cambridge, had a similar level of racial, cultural, and economic diversity, and which was committed to ensuring every child reached their potential.
More diverse classrooms benefit all children. And all of our children benefit from learning from excellent, committed teachers with a range of lived experience. This is why I’ve lived in Cambridge for more than 16 years now: for the diversity and excellent education I experienced growing up.
As a former classroom teacher in my hometown school district and in public schools in Massachusetts, I know that along with the skills and content I taught, my students learned from the “curriculum” that was me. And their learning was strengthened when my colleagues and my supervisors and my students included many people not like me in terms of race, as well as other aspects of identity and experience.
I have seen children in Cambridge, including my own children, benefit from this dynamic, and we must ensure Cambridge builds on its successes hiring excellent teachers of color, including Black teachers, and works to support and retain those teachers.
I want the same thing for my children and all of the children of Cambridge: an excellent education grounded in a diverse, loving community of families, teachers, administrators and community members who are not afraid to challenge each other to grow and improve. On the School Committee I will work for this goal, and I know that will mean always listening and always learning.
I am happy to announce that I am running for Cambridge School Committee! Why? As a parent and a community member I'm proud of the Cambridge Public Schools – but not satisfied.
We need someone on the School Committee who is in the thick of it as a Cambridge Public Schools parent and who has my on-the-ground classroom experience — a critical level of understanding when deciding and implementing policy.
We need to continually improve our schools, with a sense of urgency. Every child only gets one shot at this, and we can't afford to wait. And we need to combine this focus with a long view. We cannot simply churn through policy ideas and program trials. We need to follow through, evaluate, tweak, support, and improve upon the things we are doing well — and we need to make hard decisions about which initiatives we neeed to change or eliminate.
I was a full-time classroom teacher in public schools for 5 years (teaching both art and English), and studied teacher leadership and school reform at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
I have lived or studied in Cambridge since 1999, and my children are now entering kindergarten (after a terrific JK year) and 5th grade in the Cambridge Public Schools.
For 15 years as a communications professional at non-profit organizations and at Brandeis University I have bridged scholarship and public understanding. I am now coordinating a new national program based at Brandeis that is teaching college students how to be effective, engaged citizens at the state legislative level.
I bring these important perspectives together with an understanding of education policy and of what is happening in the classrooms in our schools in Cambridge.
I ask you for your #1 vote on November 7th, 2017 — and for your questions, ideas and concerns about the Cambridge Public Schools and what the School Committee can do to ensure that very child has the support they need to explore and achieve their fullest potential.
I hope to have the chance to connect with you soon! I invite your thoughts in the comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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