Dr. Anne Keke For School Board

One Community, One goal: Better Education for APS Kids

This is an opportunity to bring new leaderships perspective in Aurora Public Schools

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We can do this!! Together we can make Aurora Schools better for our children and yours!

Dr Anne with students

I am running for a seat on the Aurora Public Schools Board (APS) of Education. It is time that families in APS unite as ONE COMMUNITY with ONE GOAL: equitable and quality education for ALL kids in Aurora Public Schools. I believe that all kids in Aurora, regardless of race, gender, ability, or socio-economic background, deserve an education environment that helps them succeed.

Schools in APS are facing many of the same challenges as districts across the state and country, and this is an opportunity to do things differently. I believe that Students, families, and communities are Aurora’s most important assets in improving results for all students in the district. I am running to represent them, because when we do more to listen and invite the community into the discussion and decision making, we will build a better, stronger education system.

Dr. Anne Keke

Dr. Anne Keke

Anne Keke is a native of Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Her parents raised her to believe that education is the most important tool to beat poverty and inspired her to emigrate to the United States to further her education in the United States.

Anne emigrated to Aurora Colorado in 2001 to fulfil her mother’s dream of a great education and is an alumni of the University of Colorado Denver and Colorado Technical University where she earned consecutively her Bachelor’s degree, her Master’s degree and lastly her Doctorate degrees in criminal justice. While earning her degrees she fell in love with the vibrancy and diversity of the many communities that make up Aurora and decided to make it her home.

 

Issues

Dr Anne and her student

Student achievement and testing standards

 Whether or not one accepts the state accountability system based on standardized assessments or not, it’s clear that far too many of APS’s students are not getting the education they need or deserve. While there have been improvements reading and math literacy are far from acceptable, while graduation and matriculation rates are still below the state averages. These results are considerably worse…

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Teacher shortages

As a teacher I have seen first-hand the struggles of teachers within the education system, and I know that these challenges lead to burnout and educators leaving the profession. I also understand that the incentives, particularly financial incentives, to join the teacher workforce are greatly lacking. Finally, while 83% of APS enrollment is made up of students of color, the vast majority of teachers do not reflect that diversity. While many of these issues are frankly beyond the ability of a school board member or the district to confront, 

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Safety measures

Safety measures, including student expulsion practices and the presence of local law enforcement officers – My experience in both education and the criminal justice system gives me unique insight into the ways the decisions we make in education lead more or less directly to jail. Inequities in the way punishment is meted out, harsh discipline practices including suspension and expulsion, as well as the presence of police in schools are the “school to prison pipeline” in action. As a board member I will advocate to end practices that remove students from the classroom, 

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Why am I running?

 

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Schools in APS are facing many of the same challenges as districts across the state and country, and this is an opportunity to do things differently. I believe that students, families, and communities are Aurora’s most important assets in improving results for all students in the district. I am running to represent them, because when we do more to listen and invite the community into the discussion and decision making, we will build a better, stronger education system.

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As a candidate my focus will be on ensuring that opportunity and resources are distributed equitably in our district.

It’s vital that all students have access to high quality schools no matter what neighborhood they live in, whether it’s established or brand new, and I will work to hold the district accountable to measurable increases in quality and access through the APS Blueprint.

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I will also be focused on bringing communities that are disconnected from the district into the conversation. In my work as a volunteer, I’ve learned how communities can be built despite cultural differences within the immigrant community. I will apply those lessons to being an accessible and open-minded board member with all the various communities that make APS the most diverse district in the state.

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Finally, I will focus on ensuring that the district makes progress in accelerating learning for APS students who, like many worldwide, faced obstacles to learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that for many students the education system was not working well even before the last year of disruptions, and that these disruptions made the inequities within the education system worse.

We can take lessons from the last year and with the influx of Federal and State resources find creative and community centric methods of improving student learning not only to make up for what was lost during the pandemic, but also to improve the delivery of education for all students.

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