Celina Miranda's

Vision & Platform

As a School Committee member, I will fight for a Milton Public Schools system that provides the highest quality educational experiences to all learners, especially across these three priority areas:

Educating the Whole Learner 

Student engagement, belonging, and social and emotional health are integral to academic excellence. Cutting-edge schools recognize that safe and supportive settings are where students learn best. Access to high-quality instruction is not the only component necessary to ready our students for life after MPS. We need to equip our students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies they will need to thrive in adulthood and reach their full potential.

Equity and Opportunity for All

MPS must implement a  plan that ensures all students have the educational and enrichment opportunities they need to reach their full potential regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, home language, disability, nativity, socioeconomic background, gender identity, expression, or sexuality.

A Strategic Path Forward

Families continue to flock to Milton to be part of our great community and school system. In order to not only keep up with the growing demand for our schools but to invest and grow in meaningful ways, we need innovative and resourceful approaches to strategic planning and financing to sustain our excellence.

Educating the Whole Learner 

Student engagement, belonging, and social and emotional health are integral to academic excellence. Cutting-edge schools recognize that safe and supportive settings are where students learn best. It is exciting that MPS has prioritized safe and supportive schools as one of its three pillars (along with personalized learning and equity); now, we need to ensure we have a clear and workable plan to make progress on these goals.     

 

As a Milton School Committee member, I will partner with the Superintendent to develop policies and deploy resources to make certain we educate the whole learner. I will work to:

  • ensure social and emotional learning is fully integrated into academic planning in core subjects, such as math, English language arts, science and social studies, and the humanities and the arts. This includes following best practices in positive youth development to improve student learning and outcomes.  

 

  • work to fully leverage recent MPS investments related to social and emotional learning, particularly those that take a culturally responsive and inclusive approach. This includes our new Restorative Justice coach, Intellispark surveys about student social and emotional competencies and wellbeing, and ongoing simultaneous curriculum reviews in math and social studies. 

 

  • support the continued use of student data to guide decision-making and planning, establishing a broader definition of student success. These include incorporating metrics beyond MCAS, SAT, and college acceptance. Also, we can train staff and families about the connections between student engagement, belonging, and academic success to create the best outcomes for all students.

Equity and Opportunity for All

Milton Public Schools has made progress by making equity part of its vision for a strong and excellent school system that works for all students. Now it is time to translate vision into action. We must figure out how to move toward closing the persistent opportunity gaps we see in our student data. For example, MPS elementary schools have recently reported very promising formative assessment results showing that students across several groups have largely re-captured lost learning due to the pandemic. We can learn from and build on that success in other areas where gaps persist.

 

MPS must develop and implement a strategic plan that ensures all groups of students have the educational and enrichment opportunities they need to reach their full potential regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, home language, disability, nativity, socioeconomic background, gender identity, expression, or sexuality. Milton students and families have waited long enough.

 

As a School Committee member, I will work to ensure that key equity recommendations from the MPS Quality and the state discipline reviews are implemented. I will partner with the Superintendent and other key district personnel to ensure we have a clear action plan that identifies which recommendations will be prioritized in the short, medium, and longer-term. Likewise, we will work to outline and provide the resources, responsibilities, and supports necessary to make those plans a reality. 

A Strategic Path Forward

Families continue to flock to Milton to be part of our great community and school system. In order to not only keep up with growing demand for our schools, but to invest and grow in meaningful ways, we need innovative and resourceful approaches to strategic planning and financing to sustain our excellence. We also need collaborative, town-wide strategies and partnerships to make these plans a reality. This includes transparent processes and budget accountability so we can all work toward what’s best for our students and youth. 

 

As a School Committee member, I will bring proven management experience to all strategic planning and financing plans. MPS will benefit from lessons learned in managing a $2.2 million annual operating budget. This is crucial as we enter this critical period of growth and opportunity in our town. These challenges are not new to me; I have faced and overcome similar challenges in the professional realm, collaboratively and creatively developing sound financial solutions.  I have experience taking  fiscally-disciplined approaches to planning, budgeting, and monitoring. This requires a laser focus on key priorities, and tireless pursuit of opportunities that build diverse and sustainable revenue streams to support the things we care about most.

 

There are challenges ahead. I have the motivation, experience, and skill set to help the Milton Public Schools navigate the path forward. With savvy planning and financing approaches, we can address these challenges and meet the needs of all students as we put the district in a stronger financial and educational position over the longer term.