Anne Allaire Burke
District: Culver City USD
Position Seeking: Governing Board Member
Question 1: Please share a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music, media arts) while growing up.
As a little girl and a young woman I always loved music. I am the oldest of 9 children and I participated in all of the FREE music opportunities through my church. When I was 11 I begged my father for piano lessons and I took piano lessons for 2 years. Unfortunately after 2 years of lessons my father told me that we couldn’t afford to continue the lessons. I’ve never given up on music; today, I sing with the Angel City Chorale. But, the idea of a child not affording art/music instruction is not OK with me.
Question 2: What kind of creative solutions would you suggest to support student outcomes such as English language development, closing the achievement gap, and preparation for college and/or meaningful careers?
Establish *Career Path Academies* in the areas of building trades, science/technology, & leadership/public service. Success looks differently for every individual. We need to emphasize this in our schools and our students. I believe that we have forgotten about the art of mentorship/apprenticeship in our schools. The Career Path Academies wants to bring back mentorship and apprenticeship opportunities for students. Parent engagement is important; but studies show that when there are adults who demonstrate a real investment/relationship in our students (even just 1!) then the student builds confidence and resilience. Confidence & resilience are key to any successful student outcome.
Question 3: What do you think should be the role of the School Board in ensuring that students have access to a broad range of study?
School board member 1) oversee the development of and adopts policies & 2) set the direction for and adopts the curriculum in the district. An effective school board member approaches this from a WIDE LENS that looks at ALL types of curriculum and instruction. Math, science, and language arts are essential but I know it is critical to supplement with other areas of creativity & learning. I strongly believe we educate the creativity OUT of students. Creativity and education should not be mutually exclusive. There are ways to meet our growing list of standards with non-traditional curriculum and project-based learning.
Question 4: In light of the Local Control Funding Formula and development of district Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs), what are your creative solutions for achieving goals in the eight priority areas?
The 8 priorities can be summarized in 3 general categories: conditions of learning, pupil outcomes, and engagement. We have a $106million Bond that I helped to pass in Culver City. I will ensure that we update our facilities to create a physical space that meets the demands of 21st century (and beyond!) learning. I will work to create spaces that not only fix the core safety/health essentials but also promote thinking and discussion. If we want out-of-the-box thinking then we need out-of-the-box infrastructure – such as open “think box” areas on campus for students not just traditional classrooms.