|Barbara is a Ph.D. economist, children's book author, 20-year veteran of classroom, school, and community volunteering, and Democratic activist. |
She believes that every child should be given every opportunity to excel.
The Kanninen Plan for Stronger Schools ... Every Child Included.
Prepare our kids for the global economy by strengthening and expanding STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs and hands-on learning initiatives in the classroom.
Invest in the Arts
Encourage creativity and self-expression as a crucial part of who our kids are and who they will grow up to be by giving all students at every grade level greater access to a variety of art forms.
Focus on Personal Support for Students
Support children with adult mentors so that every student knows there is at least one adult at school who knows them and can help with problems.
Find Innovative Solutions to Capacity
Tackle overcrowding in our schools and increase capacity at all levels-- elementary, middle and high school-- with strong leadership, creative ideas, and a forward-thinking approach that engages the full Arlington community.
Be budget-minded by prioritizing funding for teachers and the resources they need, and challenge expenditures that do not directly enhance classroom learning.
-- Emma Youcha, Yorktown high school student