I am a parent and community advocate whose actions speak volumes about my commitment to our students. A stay-at-home father of two children enrolled in Encinitas schools, I served as Room Parent and PTA Restaurant Night Coordinator, raising over $8,000 for the Encinitas Educational Foundation at Flora Vista Elementary. In addition to serving over six years as a Board Member of my Homeowners Association, I volunteer as a basketball and soccer coach, mentoring young athletes.
A retired Navy Chief Petty Officer with an MBA from National University, I understand school budgets, along with the importance of fiscal responsibility, leadership, accountability, and transparency. I intend to use my experience serving our county and local schools to act as a clear and open channel of communication.
More than just working with the district, parents and teachers to help our students rebound from the impact of COVID-19, I also hope to expand our appreciation for equity and diversity by establishing norms in our school that promote inclusion and openness. I will bring a fresh set of eyes and orientation to today’s rapidly changing environment. For dedicated, passionate, and experienced community leadership, I ask for you to vote for me, Marlon Taylor.
EQUITY AND DIVERSITY
Our children are living through one of the most consequential moments in this country’s history. In a state that is frequently at the tip of the spear, California has millions of residents that come from unique cultures, identities and backgrounds. Our local communities are becoming more diverse by the day. Analysis shows that children born between 1997-2012 are the most racially and ethnically diverse generation in the country’s history.
Conversations about the presidential election, LGBTQIA+ rights, the “Black Lives Matter” movement and many other topics are becoming part of the dialogue in workplaces, schools and our communities more than ever before.
In educational institutions especially, there is a desire among students, teachers and administrators to embrace this diversity and create equity in the classroom.
Equity and diversity are hallmarks of our society. Our schools are a microcosm of Encinitas, so fostering cultural respect and understanding the identities and backgrounds of others is critical. I will work with my fellow board members and the leaders in our school district to establish norms that promote inclusion and openness on our campuses.
To accomplish these goals, we need to do the following:
Require mandatory anti-bias training for all teachers and administrators
Facilitate curriculum changes that teach and celebrate diversity and offer minority perspectives
Hire more minority teachers
Provide teachers and administrators the skills and the tools to effectively turn insensitive comments into teaching opportunities
Implement parent/student diversity groups on campuses
ADDRESSING THE IMPACT OF COVID ON EDUCATION
COVID-19 has laid bare many of the issues that plague our education system and its inequalities. Under optimal circumstances, kids experience gaps in their learning. Some are able to overcome those gaps. Some continue to fall behind, which leads to them giving up and eventually dropping out. There is a concern amongst scholars that COVID exacerbates that.
A significant number of our community members have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Many students are experiencing food insecurity, loss of family income, loss of loved ones and some are concerned with catching the virus themselves.
When COVID settles down, we will need to figure out how much learning has been lost since the start of distance learning. Some studies show that the average student could fall seven months behind academically. Students in disadvantaged homes could fall more than 9 months behind. My goal is to identify solutions to help our students rebound from the impact of COVID-19 while also ensuring that our schools are safe for students and teachers.
To address these challenges, I want to work collaboratively with the other members of the board and the district to:
Identify families that have insufficient access to the internet and help remove any barriers to connectivity.
Strengthen our ability to analyze the data and monitor learning.
We have to be creative and unafraid to reimagine learning.
Learning can happen anywhere and at any time as long as kids have internet access and a device. We need to encourage families to take advantage of the resources available to them and use the seasonal breaks as an opportunity to close the gaps.
We must support our teachers. Especially many of our female teachers who continue to teach while bearing a disproportionate share of family responsibilities.
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