October 4, 2020
School DistrictDearborn Public Schools
How long have you lived in your district?
Have you received any endorsements?
Are you an incumbent?
Why do you want to be a school board member?
To represent the voices of so many families in our district looking for honest, responsive, and hard working board members who will reflect their aspirations for quality education for their children.
What does education justice mean to you? What does it mean specifically in the context of your school district?
Education justice means an equitable allocation of resources for each student in our district to succeed. Over the years, inequity in school districts has become the norm. Families that are under-privileged feel marginalized by the system. Districts like ours must be responsive to families’ needs by involving them in the educational experience of their children. Schools need to be supported based on their specific needs and students must be individually served through their individualized learning plans. Students should also be involved and supported in the advancement of their peers as well.
If you could completely reimagine the way schools look after this public health crisis, what would they look like?
This pandemic has clearly shown us has the social inequities in our society. If I would reimagine schools post this pandemic, there needs to be a mind shift on delivery of instruction. social-emotional learning to be completely adopted by our schools. Students will come to schools with far more complex issues than before. Our schools have to be prepared to welcome students with major academic loss as well.
Describe how you think parents, students, and families should be involved in making decisions within your school district?
District must be pro-active when making decisions. Parents, students, and families can be surveyed on critical decisions. Board members should hold listening sessions in various areas of the school to facilitate conversations. We currently have student advisors for the Board and I believe that should be expanded to middle school as well. Board members need to be accessible (both in person and online) to families and community members for concerns. I have always followed up with parents who have concerns and seeked input from community members through various outlets.
Who (if any) are your top financial supporters for your campaign?
My brother and role model, Adeeb Mozip
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals within your school district?
My current top priorities for the P-12 are: safe return to in-person quality instruction, the safety of our students, staff, and community as well as social-emotional learning. Return to in-person instruction must be guided by science and health experts. I will always advocate for an equitable allocation of resources for each student in our amazing district to succeed. I continue to challenge the administration as well as my colleagues to do more for our students, teachers, and staff. I continue to be vocal about the importance of social and emotional learning; leading the passing of the anti-bullying resolution by our board and recognizing October as National Bullying Prevention Month. I will work with my colleagues to expand parental involvement in our schools and provide additional support for special education. My top priority for Henry Ford College is to continue on the improvement of the student experience on campus and ways to increase enrollment through strategic programs & innovative marketing.
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals at a state level?
My three top educational priorities are to increase the school aid fund from our legislators especially in special education. My second priority is to get rid of the read by third-grade law which I believe is harmful to our students (https://adelmozip.com/read-by-third-grade-law/). The third issue is to minimize the amount of standardized testing our students take per year.
What challenges do you anticipate this school year to COVID and what do you think your school district must do to keep students & staff safe?
The challenges are many; the online education is short of in-class instruction. Return to in-class instruction must be done safely. District must keep staff and students safe and treat it as highest piority. PPE for in person instruction must be purchased on time (as the district has done) and enforcement should be key to avoid any outbreaks. Social distancing and mask wearing is mandatory on school grounds. The other challenges is carrying instruction online, providing internet access for those who are unable to afford it, as well as outdoor activities for our students. District must be creative in getting students to stay motivated and teachers to be supported during these tough times.
What should be your school district’s top spending priorities in their budget? Alternatively, what should not be prioritized your district’s budget?
The backbone of our district is its teachers and staff. The budget should be dedicated to retain qualified teachers and enable them to improve which in return will help our students succeed. Our district should utilize current savings and federal funding to buy PPE for our staff and students in order to keep them safe in in-person sessions. Funding for special education needs to be accounted for as well. District can delay infrastructural projects in order to safely respond to the district immediate needs to combat COVID.
What role do you think standardized tests should play in your school district?
I’ve always advocated for less standardized testing in our schools. Performance shall be gauged by the students’ academic achievement in their own class. Standardized tests don’t give an accurate representation of their academic standing.
If you could have an impact on your school district’s curriculum , what changes would you make? What, if anything, would you keep the same?
While a school board has little influence on curriculum, materials being taught has to be relative to the student population. Algebra II should not a requirement and an alternative should be offered for students who choose to not major in science-focused fields. I would also encourage project-based learning and internships during high school.
What responsibility do you believe your school district has in supporting students’ and staffs’ mental and emotional health/wellbeing?
It’s a huge responsibility for a district to implement programs that embrace social/emotional learning for our district. Students as well as staff go through a lot, especially through a pandemic. Districts should build support systems and mechanisms where students can support each and eradicate all forms of bullying. I continue to be vocal about the importance of social and emotional learning; leading the passing of the anti-bullying resolution by our board and recognizing the month of October as National Bullying Prevention Month.
How do you think your school district should handle student discipline/and make schools a safe place for students and staff?
Restorative practices are key to resolving student behavior issues. Research has shown that if social-emotional learning is embraced and implemented at all levels, student behavior issues would decline. Students need to be understood, accepted and challenged to excel. Our district needs to continue to offer safe spaces for students to vent, converse, and uplift each other.
What are your top priorities around special education in your district?
My top priorities for special education is to retain the amazing staff and counselors at our district, offer more support mechanisms and programs for our students and their families. I would like to see our district exceed expectations when it comes to annual IEP goals for each student throughout the year to ensure students progress towards their postsecondary goals. During the pandemic, it’s more difficult than ever to deliver instruction to the special population of our students and that’s why in-person instruction for families that opt-in is key.
What is your perspective on working towards achieving equity within your school district?
We cannot acheive equity if we don’t underline the inequity problem first. We can acheive equity by removing all the barriers holding struggling schools back. Funding to schools with resources has to be done with equity being in mind.
Any other information you want to include or share?
I wholeheartedly believe that quality education is the foundation of the great good and the special gift we can give to our children. I am running to retain my seat to take on the unfinished business. I look forward to your support as we aspire for equity in our schools. Thank you
More info on myself at www.adelmozip.com