FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS I AM ENDORSING HENY TARAZ FOR THE ONE YEAR SCHOOL COMMITTEE SEAT.

Shortly after meeting Heny I contemplated dropping out Of the race, but decided it was important for parents to hear not just from the teacher’s perspective.  But also from a parent and student who have thrived in the applied learning program.  I firmly believe and have personally experienced the fact that applied learning can significantly improve three critical areas of education.  One, reducing student stress while improving educational outcomes.  Two, reducing the homework load.  Our students leave class without ever applying what they have learned and only discover their educational gaps when they begin homework.  This often leads to the student and/or parents spending hours learning the material before homework can even be begin.  And, it is how an 1 1/2 hours of homework turns into four or more hours.  Three, the homework turned in does not reflect the amount of out of school learning the student needs so teachers can not judge how effective they are.

Heny’s experience as both a teacher and curriculum developer makes her uniquely qualified to help the school committee and the superintendent navigate implementing this approach to learning.  Changing the existing system will not be easy.  It will take time and money to retrain teachers.  Thus, having an experienced voice involved is very important.

If you support changing to the applied leaning system, please vote for Heny.

Sincerely,

Melissa (Mel) Cunningham