I am committed to ensuring that schools are welcoming, valued & community-connected resources AND building countywide momentum to enhance and leverage school resources & supports to provide an outstanding and challenging education for every child in San Mateo County!
Supportive communities and strong education systems go hand in hand.
My priorities include:
- Countywide collaboration for more equitable funding for our Districts, with a specific focus on teacher & staff retention
- Countywide focus on collaborative funding for teacher/workforce housing (Supporting & extending the work of Home for All Educator and Workforce Housing Taskforce on this front and the impact of AB 2852, which will hopefully find its way through the legislature)
- Ensuring FAPE for all students with disabilities
- Ensuring accountability for providing mental health supports and services for kids pursuant to *AB 114 *With the passage of AB 114 in 2011, it was clear that school districts were solely responsible for ensuring that students with disabilities receive Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS), including some services previously arranged for or provided by county mental health agencies.
- Disruption of the school-to-prison pipeline & policies underlying this trend and our juvenile justice system
I have worked to address these issues as an educator, a PTA leader, a Board Member in the San Mateo-Foster City School District, a non-profit founder, a member of Legislative and Countywide Education and Housing Advisory committees and task forces, and as a County Commissioner, and I would be honored to have your support to continue this work as a member of the San Mateo County Board of Education.
While serving as a Trustee for the San Mateo-Foster City School District, Chelsea’s priorities included:
- Fiscally prudent and sustainable planning for long-term growth, equity and socioeconomic balance in our District;
- Increased communication about and accessibility to the Magnet and Theme School enrollment opportunities in our District;
- Realistic and consistent District communication and engagement with our community on issues of equity and goals for increased achievement for all students, consistent with the implementation of our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP);
- Increased and varied opportunities for parents and community members to actively provide input about and participate in discussions concerning District planning and decisions;
- Parent/teacher/student-involved and district supported implementation of the new Common Core State Standards & Smarter Balanced tests and integration of technology into everyday learning;
- District funding of Physical Education, Music & Art Programming for all students;
- Efforts to support our students by making wellness and nutrition a priority;
- Implementation of logical and consistent strategies for safety at school sites;
- A unified calendar for all schools in our District;
- Efforts to further reduce class size; and
- Transparency, consistency, accountability, and accessibility of programs and supports for all students with disabilities.
Chelsea’s accomplishments while serving as a SMFCSD Board Trustee included:
- Supporting the completion & opening of new school buildings approved through 2009’s Measure L Bond.
- Participating in & supporting the SMCOE/San Mateo County's BIG LIFT Initiative development & rollout.
- Supporting the SMCOE’s iZone partnership with Full Circle Fund.
- Approving District-funded Music Programming at all schools.
- Approving District-funded Physical Education, including funded-collaboration with Para-educators.
- Approving the rollout of Breakfast/Brunch service, Salad Bars and Summer Meal Service.
- Approving the installation of new, safe playground equipment & lunch shade structures, using Measure L funds.
- Developing a new process for ongoing evaluation of Superintendent.
- Participating in a vast community engagement process to arrive at ONE calendar for our entire District.
- Supporting needs assessment and realignment of the Montessori Program.
- Participating in the successful completion of the Next Steps Committee’s process for community engagement post-2013’s failed Measure P Bond.
- Campaigning for the successful passage of the Measure X Bond in 2015.
- Continually focusing on equity in all aspects of governance for the District, including budgeting, program focus, and in setting goals for Superintendent focusing on academic excellence and wellbeing of all students.
- Supporting the transition of Horrall Elementary to LEAD Elementary.
- Hiring of a new Superintendent in 2015.
- Supporting a more extensive roll-out of community engagement practices for the LCAP.
- Supporting the creation of Common Core Math Pathways to the High School District & later expansion thereof, including appeal procedures and equity-responsive practices, following extensive community engagement.
- Supporting the processes for multiple schools to become and continuing being designated as “California Distinguished Schools.”
- Completing the California School Boards Association’s “Masters in Governance” program.
- Serving on the Executive Board for the San Mateo County School Boards Association.
- Being appointed to serve as a CSBA Regional Delegate.
- Serving as Chair for the SMCSBA’s Kent Awards from 2015-2017.
- Campaigning for the passage of the Measure Y Parcel Tax renewal in 2016-17, even though it was just shy of passing... helped campaign post-Trustee term in 2018 for the passage of Measure V & ran a Measure V Postcard Campaign with my new co-founded nonprofit snkids.org (now, Not Without Us)
- Meeting with parents, teachers, administrators, public officials and City and County leaders regularly.
- Improving relations and connections with both San Mateo and Foster City Councils.
- Serving in multiple liaison capacities for community building throughout our Cities and the entire County.