Ryan believes in a holistic approach to school safety. The physical security and security officers are just one phase of protecting our students. We must balance the metal detectors with the mental detectors.
- Focusing on safety as an environment that is free from fear, intimidation, violence and isolation can lead to an educational climate that fosters inclusion and acceptance for every child.
- All children deserve and can thrive in a safe and secure learning environment.
- We need practices put in place that allow us to proactively build community within a classroom and within a school by nurturing relationships between teachers and students
- Hire more mental health professionals in schools. Taking care of students mental health is just as important as getting good grades.
- Safer school and safer communities are synonymous, Safety of our students need to expand into the communities.
Education is the asset our community is built on. It’s the thing that we invest in to ensure community growth. I want to boost student achievement across the district. It matters whether they learn it or they don’t, and if they’re not learning it as an individual or as a subgroup of students, then we have obligation to do what we have to do to bring them up to speed or standard.
- Increasing reading and math scores by getting the necessary reading specialist in our schools.
- Decreasing student dropout rates, especially amongst our Hispanic students.
- Attracting, retaining, and rewarding quality educators is crucial for the current and future success of our children.
- Reach accreditation without conditions at all schools in the district.
Educational equity is the idea that students need the same opportunities, not the same treatment. All students should have access to the resources and support they need to achieve their learning goals—no matter what their language, economic status, gender, race, learning capabilities, or disabilities may be.
- Curriculum and teacher training plans should incorporate differentiated instruction and culturally responsive education.
- High-quality early learning Pre-k programs are a must for all kids in the county.
- Every child in Henrico needs access to a world-class education no matter where they live at in the county.
- No two children are alike, and students need different levels and combinations of support.
Early childhood education lays the foundation for a child's lifelong learning journey, and making it a right ensures that every child, regardless of their family's circumstances, has an equal opportunity to access the educational tools and resources needed for success.
Equitable Access: Implement a Universal Pre-K program to ensure that every child, regardless of their family's income, has access to quality early education.
Quality Curriculum: Develop a play-based curriculum that focuses on foundational skills like literacy, numeracy, and socio-emotional development to prepare children for kindergarten and beyond.
Community Involvement and Evaluation: Engage parents, educators, and community members in program planning and evaluation to ensure continuous improvement and tailor the program to our district's unique needs.