Heather Wilcox

Kootenai School District
Zone 1
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Candidate Responses

What do you believe is the fundamental role of education?
The fundamental role of education is to equip students to be confident, healthy, and able to critically think about the life ahead of them.
How would you promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence in your school district?
I would continue to be the board member who is involved at every level in order to find out what works, and what could be improved. I have been interacting with students, staff and parents in order to bridge the gaps. Communication, trust and positive energy in the classroom is key.
How do you define Critical Race Theory? When implemented in school policies and curriculum, do you think Critical Race Theory differs from simply “teaching history?”
This is not a curriculum I support. I believe all people need to continue to value and uplift one another.
How do you define Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? Would you encourage the implementation of any SEL model in your school district? If so, which model and why?
Our district size and it's amazing staff and families are the key to our student's welfare. I would continue to make sure that environment is fostered.
How would you respond to the Idaho State Board and Department of Education’s recent dissemination of resources such as the SEL Roadmap for Reopening Schools, which argues that schools should adopt anti-racist practices, focus on social justice, and conduct staff-wide implicit bias trainings? Should teachers be required to attend these kinds of trainings?
Hands down no,
Should your school district be required to teach a sex education curriculum? If so, should this curriculum include instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity? Should parents and guardians be required to provide consent before their children participate in any sex education curriculum?
The district should not be required. It should not include topics on sexual orientation or gender identity. Parents/guardians should always have a say.
How should school districts respond to the Idaho School Boards Association’s recommendation that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify?
Hands down no
Do you support mask mandates in schools as a COVID-19 mitigation strategy? Do you support implementation of any other policies or practices designed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19?
I think my voting history supports my view. Every person should have the ability to decide for themselves what is best for them, and their families.