Diana Padilla

District: Compton 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.

I remember growing up in Wilmington, CA. My elementary school offered several drama and dance classes that took us to competitions. I participated in all and enjoyed being part of something fun were I can express myself and feel included.

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?

Well, in my current course of studying of child development I have come to know that in order to meaningfully educate a child we must embrace and fullfil basic needs of developmental areas. Children must be supported in a safe, nourtouring and loving environment so they can learn. Staff and parents must work together to bring peace in our schools through extra curricular activities, art, drama, sports, music, and enthusiastic motivating classes for all its school community. Only when we all work towards a same goal is when we will achieve high expectations for all our children.

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?

I believe the role of a school board is to ensure the school system is in compliance with state laws, that the dollars are spend on the classrooms and that ethical procedures are being followed by all its stakeholders. The board must be willing to volunteer with passion and dedication to help other and specially the children of the district they have pledged to serve. This body should be bringing resources to its campuses so that our children have the opportunities to compete in this 21st century. Our kids have a dream!

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?

All of the 8 areas this formula targets are geared towards supporting the student. It is a vision of success that was written from the principles of child development. Our kids are not successful because the current system has fallen into a careless mind. Starting with the proper assigned teachers who are well supported in the class to implement meaningful educational context and delivery. Parental involvement to continue the rigors into their homes to keep our children engaged. Bring a safe environment that will allow our children to digest knowledge and boost student outcome.