Donna Freedman

District: Rowland Unified (shared w/ Orange County)
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 played the violin when I was very young, but as an adult I had a very meaningful experience: I’m an elementary school teacher that is in my 36th year of teaching. I have taken many field trips to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. They offer free entrance fee for fifth graders. They give you a dance routine to teach our students. After the performance, we all dance the dance that we taught our students. The fifth graders come from all over the county. What a great experience for my students!

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?

I believe that when students have ELD teachers should target their needs Usually teachers teach from a box or a lesson book but I believe lessons should be what do the students actually need to achieve higher development on the CELDT test and in English Language Skills Possibly after school lessons to help the students that are falling behind or struggling may help There should be classes or clubs for preparation for college and have information at all high schools about meaningful careers Each high school should have a few career awareness big assemblies and bring people from several jobs.

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 it is the role of the Board to ensure that ALL students receive the education they deserve. We should have surveys to see what students want, or if they have ideas of classes that aren’t currently offered that they may be interested in. For instance, American Sign Language which is now meeting the requirement of a foreign language. If it is a good thing for the students, then the Board should be ready to approve it. The Board should be open to all ideas and research them.

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 music program was taken out of the elementary schools in RUSD, I think it should be brought back. Possibly lower class size or more hours for aides to help struggling students Struggling students are a priority to try to get them back on track, use the money for after school programs to assist in remediation I also think field trips would be a great educational experience for students Currently at the elementary level only 6th grade goes on field trips at RUSD.