Represent all families across the district to ensure a positive school environment and character development amongst all CPS students.
Positive School Environment
A positive school environment helps breed student and district success. For far too long Cincinnati Public School District has spent majority of their time tackling the symptoms like attendance, graduation rates, test scores, and bullying without shifting the culture of the schools into a more positive and effective light.
As a community-teachers, students and family members-we must work together towards a shared vision to create the environment our child would want to prosper in. It is a joint effort because it is the village that raises the child. Not just one single person.
At CPS, we need to start praising students for good choices. Children do not want to learn until they know you care. Many of our students, practically those who struggle, do not receive enough positive feedback in the classroom or at home. This leads to a destructive attitude of not being “good enough” and thus falling behind or acting out behavior wise.
When students are suspended, it stops the learning process. Proper, appropriate and consistent school expectations are necessary. While teaching appropriate behavior but also exercising appropriate behavior and self regulation increases the student’s success.
By frequently praising positive choices and personal connections, reduces discipline, bullying and allows for a positive fun environment for all children to learn which increases test scores.
Character development in our schools is very important, especially because we do not live in a kid-friendly city. Our children are facing real life problems that are much greater than before. Problems like drug abuses, suicide, youth and gun violence, bullying and poverty. Many of those issues are ethnical which can be reduced by the development and nurturing of a child’s character. CPS District needs to provide training to staff on how to integrate character education into the life and culture of the school. Again this will be a collective effort of the community meaning staff, students and parents because schools should be loosely design by children for children.