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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Contra Costa County Board of EducationCandidate for Member, Area 1

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Fatima S. Alleyne

Research Scientist/Educator
29,291 votes (46.15%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Improve student achievement and college readiness by carefully examining the data we already collect for our court and community school students
  • Establish county-wide parent and teacher advisory committees to increase stakeholder engagement, accountability and transparency to address the achievement gap
  • Monitor disciplinary infractions and special education services to ensure students have access to appropriate resources and services

Experience

Experience

Profession:Research Scientist, Educator, Education Advocate
Educational Parent Advocacy Consultant, Center for Restorative Solutions (2015–current)
Research General Engineer, United States Department of Agriculture (2014–current)
Research Specialist, College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (2013–2013)
Graduate Instructor, College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (2011–2011)
Education and Outreach Coordinator, Scalable and Integrated Nanomanufacturing (SINAM) University of California, Berkeley (2009–2011)

Education

University of California, Berkeley Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering (2013)
University of California, Berkeley M.S., Materials Science and Engineering (2006)
City University of New York, Hunter College B.A., Chemistry (2002)
City University of New York, Medgar Evers College A.S., Physical Sciences (2000)

Community Activities

Leadership Team Member, National Girls Collaborative Project - California Girls in STEM (CalGirls) Collaborative (2013–current)
Dezie Woods-Jones Public Policy Fellow, Black Women Organized for Political Action/ Training Institute for Leadership Enrichment (BWOPA/TILE) (2016–current)
Community Engagement Chair, Blackboard of West Contra Costa (2016–current)
Parent Representative and Chair, West Contra Costa Unified School District - Community Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) (2013–2016)
Graduate Student Representative, UC Berkeley - Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Dependent Care (CACDC) (2012–2013)

Biography

 Dr. Fatima Alleyne is a Scientist/ Engineer for the government and a product of public education: UC Berkeley alumnus with a Ph.D. and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (she graduated from community college - City University of New York, Hunter College - with a B.A. in Chemistry). She is a West County resident, wife of a loving and supportive husband, and the mother of 4 children who attend public schools. She is an Educational Parent Advocacy Consultant for the Center for Restorative Solutions, promoting restorative and trauma informed practices in education.

Throughout the years she has also played an influential role in education outreach, serving as Education Outreach Coordinator for a science center at UC Berkeley, Chair of the Outreach, Diversity and Equal Opportunity (ODEO) Committee at work, and Mentor for more than 14 students. During her tenure at Cal, she also co-authored a National Science Foundation (NSF) proposal, in partnership with West Contra Costa County Unified School District, to provide (paid) research experiences for K-14 educators at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL). The intent was to use their research experiences to develop grade-appropriate curricula in science, engineering, and math to be adopted into the classroom, with materials and supplies paid for through the grant and support provided by UC Berkeley and LBNL faculty and researchers.

Dr. Alleyne has been highly involved in her community. As an Education Advocate she empowers parents to partner with teachers, to be involved and engaged in their children's education, and to understand school policy. She also was a member and Chair of the Community Budget Advisory Committee where she advocated for better tracking of how parcel tax money was spent (which led to the first independent audit of the parcel tax in 2015), giving presentations to communities on the district's $300 million budget. As School Site Council member and Chair, Dr. Alleyne advocated for data-driven approaches and evaluation metrics to support underperforming students and teacher professional development. Currently, Dr. Alleyne serves as the Parent Engagement Chair for the Blackboard of West Contra Costa, Co-Chair of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Video Committee, Executive Member of the Black Minds Matter Strategy Team, and Volunteer for 2 elementary schools in West Contra Costa County Unified School District.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • East Bay Times

Organizations (2)

  • Evolve, A Community organization supporting grassroots campaigns
  • Blackboard of West Contra Costa County

Elected Officials (3)

  • Trustee Meredith Brown, Peralta Community College District
  • Trustee Jumoke Hinton-Hodge, Oakland Unified School District Board Director D3
  • Honorable Chris Kelley, Hercules City Council

Individuals (20)

  • Dr. Sheila Humphreys, UC Berkeley EECS Director Emerita of of Diversity & Recipient of Presidential Award for Excellence
  • Professor Ronald Gronsky, Professor Emeritus, Engineering, UC Berkeley and 40+ years El Cerrito Resident
  • Mina Wilson, Community Advocate, Former President, El Cerrito Branch NAACP and Former Chair, El Cerrito Human Relations
  • Scottie Smith, Educational Advocate, West Contra Costa Unified School District
  • Ivy Winston, Executive Director, Bright Futures Growth and Development Center
  • Petronila Fernandes, WCCUSD Parent and West Contra Costa Parents Council Member
  • Tamisha Walker, Executive Director, Safe Return Project
  • Miriam Wong, Executive Director of the Latina Center (Richmond, CA)
  • Dr. Kofi Inkabi, Engineer, Exponent
  • Alex Beltran, WCCUSD Parent, SSC Chair Ford Elementary School, and Founder West Contra Costa Parents Council
  • Jack Weir, Former Pleasant Hill Councilman
  • Dr. immi Song, Orthodontist, I Song Orthodontics
  • Rita Pollak, International Dispute Resolution Trainer, PollakHeenan
  • Cindy Hill-Ford, Center for Restorative Solutions
  • Pamela Asuncion, Public Elementary School Teacher
  • Dave Schoenthal, Pt. Richmond Neighborhood Council President
  • Professor Katrinell Davis, Professor, University of Vermont
  • Dr. Crystal Simmons, Bay Area School Pyschologist, Clinician, and Lecturer
  • Maureen Singleton, CFO, City and County of San Francisco
  • Kevin Wang, Engineer, UC Berkeley

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools. What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Fatima S. Alleyne:

The recent law adopted by the State of California has provided an opportunity for local school boards to allocate monies in a manner that best supports their student demographic and meet their students’ needs. As such, local school districts have the responsibility of engaging with local stakeholders to improve student outcomes.

As an Education Advocate, I have tenaciously helped parents over the past 2 years in West Contra Costa County to understand their new role in the decision-making process as afforded them via this new local control formula. To help parents understand their role and responsibilities and ensure they have the skills to be successful during the decision-making process, I have implemented the following procedures:

1)     Explained the funding allocation (how funds are distributed – base funds, grade span adjustment, and supplemental and concentration funds

2)     Explained the 8 state priorities that districts must fulfill

3)     Conducted an in-depth and detailed discussion about the strategies listed in the LCAP including the advantages and disadvantages of each method

4)     Identified evaluation metrics to be employed to measure success

Given that there are also often other resources available to support student achievement, we also considered other sources of income and the manner in which funds are spent. This is important given that efforts should not be duplicated but complimentary. During my discussions I also strongly expressed the need to identify evaluation metrics prior to implementing any strategies. We then had detailed discussion on what the process should be and what questions to ask. It is essential that we set clear expectations from our service providers, staff, and educators to ensure we have the right data and can truly evaluate student and teacher successes. Many times this is a challenge for districts, but if we at the county can demonstrate an effective and efficient manner of evaluating programs and services, then we can provide better support for the students and districts we serve.

As Trustee for Contra Costa County Board of Education for Area 1, Education Advocate and parent I will continue to adopt these approaches to help parents but I would ensure that the constituents I serve, also have an opportunity to provide input in the Office of Education’s process. I would also ensure that we closely monitor progress by scheduling quarterly meetings to measure progress. To provide an opportunity for West Contra Costa County residents to participate, I will host town hall meetings at least 3x a year. The intent would be to give residents from the county an opportunity to learn more about how the Office of Education and Contra Costa County Board of Education are using tax dollars to support Contra Costa County students in our juvenile and community court schools, in addition to the 18 school districts.

 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Dr. Fatima Alleyne is an advocate for quality public education. As a product of the public education system, she understands that all children can have access to high-quality public education in the State of California and the United States. She believes that the Contra Costa County Board of Education can set the precedence for school districts and other counties on how to devise, monitor, and evaluate the Local Control Accountability Plan established by the State of California to support student achievement and increase accountability and transparency at the local level in both traditional and charter school systems. It is her belief that disseminating and sharing knowledge and best practices is the most effective mechanism to improve outcomes for all students, including the most destitute, in our county and state.

In order to improve public education she plans to restore accountability and transparency to our public schools (traditional and charter) by:

  • Improving student achievement and college readiness using data we already collect and data-driven approaches
  • Establishing county-wide parent and teacher advisory committees
  • Providing students access to college courses at their local high school sites (AB 288)
  • Improving school climate for students and teachers through restorative practices
  • Monitoring disciplinary infractions and special education services
  • Ensuring students in our juvenile court schools have access to quality education
  • Publicizing best practices for teachers and staff development
  • Critically evaluating charter school applications based on the 16 metrics outlined by the State of California
  • Fulfilling my oversight duties as a trustee for any charter school authorized by the Contra Costa County Office of Education
  • Supporting the 18 school districts, superintendents and boards of education

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