Dave Markov

District: Palmdale
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.

Taking part in drama in high school was a life-changing experience. Getting on stage, in front of people, gave me new confidence that has played an important role in my life. That type of experience is valuable whether you pursue the stage or go to work in an office — we all have to communicate one way or another.

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?

We have to give kids good stories — stories that encourage them to reach their potential. We need to use our reading time as an opportunity to build student character. Stories reach both the heart and the mind.

And we need to show tough love to all the stakeholders — teachers, administrators and parents (of which I am one). We need to double down on our commitment to the kids. It’s only with that commitment that the kids have a chance to succeed.

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?

The board is there to serve the parents and the students. Too often, school boards forget that. The board needs to have the same perspective as the parents: test scores are important — but success in life (job and family) is more important. And part of that success comes in giving learners a broad range of study. If school boards keep a parents’-eye-view of learning, they’ll make sure students have access to a broad range of study.

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?

You change student lives when you change the stories they hear. That’s the first step — change the students with empowering stories.

Then you do the same thing for the parents. Share stories with them of student success so they can see the possibility.

And then you add commitment to those new visions. You get teachers, parents and students to double down on their commitment to student success.

None of this is easy — but success is not easy. But it boils down to building the solid foundation shown above. With that foundation, great things are possible.