Susan is committed to the legacy of quality public education in the City of Birmingham, and in general. Having the lived experience from the amazing public, private and community education she received as a child and young person, Susan knows well and first hand the positive, engaging impact the deep experiential learning that was an integral part of her curriculum in each setting had upon her abilities as a student. Susan’s wish is to offer BCS students a land based agroecology curriculum that prepares students interested and in need of studying in a nontraditional setting based in and for the care of our natural environment.
Susan has outlined three basic initiatives as best practices in retaining student interest and excitement for school, improving student academic outcomes and teacher performance, and advancing greater equity, equality, and a higher quality of educational life for students in District 9 and in all schools throughout the BCS system.
These three initiatives are:
While we have made much progress in the Magic City due in no small part to the legacy of fine educators this Birmingham, Alabama, has offered the world, we must grow further, plant new seeds, in order to fully prepare all our 22,000 students to do well in higher education, technical training, workforce development, local business growth, and generational wealth building.
Susan’s ideas of adding land based experiential curriculum, improving school nutrition, and deep cultivation of critical thinking skills for BCS students in District 9 and throughout the district offer new energy, ideas, and service to the Birmingham City Schools Board Of Education.