Boulder’s Schroeder not finished with education
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Angelika Schroeder doesn’t think the education system is broken for all students, so the state and local school districts need to be careful not to eliminate what has been effective.
Schroeder, the incumbent member on the State Board of Education representing the 2nd Congressional District, is running for re-election because she said she has work she needs to finish.
“I think Colorado is on the right path,” Schroeder said. “I know we are seen as a leader in the realignment of the education system and we are not finished.”
The Boulder Democrat, who also has a home in Beaver Creek, said choosing a new commissioner will be an important task for the next Board of Education, as will crafting the language that enforces Senate Bill 191, a bill concerning teacher and administrator evaluations.
“If we do it well, it will be the best thing we ever did,” Schroeder said. “If not, it won’t make any difference. But I’m very optimistic about it.”
Schroeder has a long history in Colorado education. She spent eight years on the Boulder Valley School Board, and has served on several education commissions and boards like the Alliance for Quality Teaching and the Teacher Quality Commission, to name a few.
She said her passion for education is something that just clicked for her. She’s a strong believer in public service, and as a mother realized the best place for that public service would be in education.
“I can’t think of any other area that is more meaningful for our future than supporting children,” Schroeder said.
Schroeder voted in favor of adopting the national Common Core standards, in which the Board of Education approved in August. She said she’s heard criticism over that decision, but stands by it.
The standards aim to help reduce disparities in education.
A third-grader who comes to Colorado from another Common Core state, for example, will now have the same expectations, she said.
“One of the things you won’t hear is criticism of the standards – they’re very high (standards),” Schroeder said.
A major challenge facing educators is setting the standards and expectations high enough, and doing it seamlessly from preschool through college. Schroeder is an advocate for implementing the governor’s CAP4K legislation, an initiative to create truly aligned preschool to postsecondary education in Colorado.
Schroeder thinks that a new $17.8 million grant that will allow the state to improve technology and data systems within school districts will help teachers development better professional development plans.
Colorado has the highest achievement gap in the country – another reason Schroeder thinks there’s so much more work to be done within the state’s education system.
She’s optimistic the state will have better assessment tests in the future and said it will be a big job for the next board.
She also wants to see through the evaluation system that recognizes high quality teaching that is being worked on now.
“The most important person is the teacher in the classroom,” Schroeder said.
Schroeder said it’s important for the State Board of Education to be more than just a regulatory agency. She wants the board to also be there for service and support to the local school districts.
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