The Children Are Our Future
DR. MADELYNE'S MESSAGE
The Challenges We Face
50% of Raytown C-2 School District students are Black, 25% of students are White, 14% of students are Hispanic, 9% of students are Two or more races, 1% of students are Asian, and 1% of students are Hawaiian per publicschoolreview.com.
With the changing demographics of the Raytown School District, we are challenged with the need to learn more about cultural diversity and inclusiveness, and Mental Health Awareness, which will; reduce fear, promote safety, provide community connections, increase enrollment, reduce suspensions, and ensure educational success in our students.
Bringing a Wealth of Knowledge and Experience
I am Dr. Madelyne Douglas, coming to you with 21 years of experience working in the Mental Health and Foster Care System as the Director of Residential Services and Behavior Management Specialist and Trainer at “Niles Home for Children”, working with children and families from all backgrounds and a variety of mental health challenges in the urban core of KCMO.
I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience when working with administration, staff, children and families to bring about improvement in all areas for children's growth and educational development. With 23 years of experience teaching Crisis Counseling as a Professor at “Faith Bible College, an extension of Oral Roberts University” and working as a counselor; I understand the process of identifying and working through a crisis in a variety of circumstances, especially in educational development.
I am an alumni member of the “Board of Directors for Habitat Humanity KC”, where I chaired the family selection committee for 5 years, with this I know how to effectively work as a member of the board and a member working with the community to identify the housing needs that affect children and families in a multitude of ways, especially educationally
I am an alumni member of the “Greater Missouri Women in Leadership”; women working together to identify and brainstorm ideas for improvement in a variety of areas for the state of Missouri, including education.
I serve on the Advisory Board for “Reasons to Believe”, an organization that helps our youth to believe in themselves and works to improve their mental health, education, and vocational future. I am a Faith-based Community Leader, working to bring about community
connections among the churches and helping to break barriers between the church and the community in order to meet the needs.
I am a new member of the Raytown Rotary Club, working with citizens who care about the welfare of children in our community and beyond. Most importantly, I am a grandmother of 2 students, a niece and nephews in the Raytown School District, who I want to see excel and become productive citizens in our community and beyond, along with all of the other valuable students in Raytown.
"Reviving What Really Matters"
As a Raytown School District board director, I will work to help improve district-wide student enrollment, retention, educational motivation, graduation, and higher education by:
I will work to help equip the teachers, administrators, and staff with more tools and training to effectively educate students with the changing demographics:
Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Training
Behavior Management Training
Mental Health Awareness/ Training
Parent/Student Advocacy Training
I will work to help revise the “Village Approach” to improve the education of our youth, which includes parents, grandparents, mentors, neighbors, neighborhood associations, the church, police, and local businesses, etc.
I will work to help engage students in decisions for possible improvements that affect their educational environment, growth, and development.
YaLonda Smith, M.Ed., ABD
KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
"Dr. Douglas' compassion and commitment to ensuring all children have access to an equitable and inclusive school experience makes her an ideal candidate for school board. Her experience as a mother, educator and trauma —sensitive clinician would be a welcome addition to the board of directors in Raytown Public schools!”
VOTE FOR DR. MADELYNE DOUGLAS ON APRIL 4
FOR THE Raytown School Board Election
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