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Adam Hicks

Fideicomisario de la Junta de Escuelas Públicas de Regina

9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Re-Elect Adam on Wednesday, November 13, 2024

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Adam Hicks

9 de noviembre de 2020

Soy un apasionado padre de dos hijos que se dedica a servirte. Represento a nuestra comunidad sin descanso y me aseguro de que se escuche la voz de los padres, el personal y, lo más importante, nuestros estudiantes. Necesita a alguien que no tenga miedo de las preguntas difíciles y que defienda lo que es correcto.

Más allá de servir como vicepresidente de la Junta Escolar, trabajo como voluntario cientos de horas al año para hacer de Regina el mejor lugar para vivir.

Con una sólida experiencia en liderazgo y múltiples designaciones, tengo la capacitación y las herramientas para profundizar y analizar los problemas que enfrentan las juntas escolares. Me siento en numerosos consejos de gobierno y ocupo puestos de gran influencia dentro de mi trabajo diario.

Mi creencia se basa en mi eslogan de 2016: "Todos nos beneficiamos de una sociedad educada". Continuaré con esa promesa y sería un honor contar con su voto para servir un segundo mandato como su Fideicomisario.

My Promises to You

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Escuelas seguras e inclusivas

Fuerte defensa de todos los estudiantes y creación de un ambiente seguro para que todos los estudiantes aprendan.

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Transparencia total

Más debates en reuniones públicas, más comunicación con el personal, los padres y las partes interesadas.

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Comprensión de las necesidades del personal y los estudiantes

Asegurar que las decisiones se tomen con nuestro personal y estudiantes a la vanguardia.

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Fondos en el aula

Administrar los fondos de la División para asegurar que maximizamos el dinero para apoyar las aulas.

The"Northern Stars"

Organizations love to create strategic plans, balanced scorecards, accountability goals, directives, policies, procedure documents, and more for large organizations like school divisions. The Regina Public School Division is one of the largest "companies" in Saskatchewan, with close to 3,000 staff, 59 buildings, approximately 27,000 students, and an annual operating budget nearing $300 million per year.  It can be difficult to ensure that all stakeholders collectively work together in the same positive direction.

 

However, to overcome the challenges of clear communication of goals and to unite people around a shared goal, we must truly understand what drives success.  Once we understand how to make a collective impact, we can empower staff, students, and our community to work together to improve student outcomes.

We need to simplify our goals.  When re-elected for a third term over the next four years, I plan to focus my efforts to help build a more clear Board direction.

1.

100% Graduation

Did you know that based on the 2022-2023 Annual Report (and results have been relatively static for years), just over 1 out of 10 students do not graduate in Regina (based on 3-year graduation rates).

Want to know something mind-blowing?  Less than half of self-identified Indigenous students graduate.  That is not a typo.  Only 46% of Indigenous students graduated in 2022-2023.  To expand this further, approximately 19% of all students have self-identified from our 26,000 students.  Meaning of the approximately 5,000 Indigenous students, half of those students statistically will not graduate.

I truly do not understand why this is not discussed more and is not front and centre of all discussions.  We need to stop looking at the data, "admiring the problem," as a former director would say, and to actually take true action to do something about it.  It will take a community to make lasting changes, but we can't ignore these problems any longer. 

We truly can make a change.  Action must be taken, and I would love the next four years to try to move the needle.

2.

100% Attendance

For years, we have known, and numerous studies have shown, that attendance truly does matter.  Students who regularly attend school, specifically in later grades, have a better chance of reaching graduation.

All students need to know they belong in our community. We need to support each and every student.  We know that having one adult in their life who believes in them can make a statistical difference in their future success.

I believe that we need to empower our staff. A Board of seven trustees does not know what is best, and senior executives do not know how to reach every student across all our schools. Who knows best is our 3,000 staff.  My belief is that staff need to be supported, provided the tools to succeed, and allowed the freedom to impact students as they know best.

Engaged and cared-for students will attend classes.  Attendance is a direct outcome of supportive homes and engaged students, and we can focus on these goals of achieving graduation.

3.

Grade 3 Success

Grade three student success rates directly correlate to future high-school success, including graduation.  Numerous studies have been conducted, and even with our division, this topic has surfaced many times at the Board table.

Typically, leading up to Grade 3, students learn how to learn.  After those initial years, those skills are assumed, and they then begin learning to utilize those foundational skills as they tackle more complicated and abstract assignments and topics year after year.  Without that foundation that early grades teach, students continue to struggle and fall behind.

If we can work with families on kindergarten readiness (ready to learn) and aggressively focus on efforts to ensure all students are at Grade 3 reading and writing levels, statistically, this will ensure they are ready to succeed for the remainder of their schooling.

I will remain focussed on expanding efforts on early learning success.

These three Northern Stars are not out of reach.  We need visionary leaders who are not afraid of shaking this system up, following the data, listening to the voices of our staff and students, and looking to others who are leading the way.  Many countries are succeeding while we continue to fall behind.  We can learn a lot if we look further than our provincial borders.

We need people who can stand up and challenge the status quo.  I am that person.  If you or someone you know is interested in learning more or even running in the next election, please reach out, and I'd love to have a chat.

Together, we can make a difference.

Interested in Hearing More?

2020 Election Campaign Interview Video

Adam's 2024 TEDx Regina Talk

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