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Cassandra Sage announces her re-election bid to the Lake Washington School District Board of Directors
Kirkland, WA: Lake Washington School Board member Cassandra Sage has announced her intent to seek another term and continue advocating for LWSD students and families.
“Every student must have the opportunity to access effective supports to recover academically, socially and emotionally from the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic. As education leaders we need to build upon the Multi-tiered Systems of Support we offer students, regardless of which learning model they are in. We must innovate our approaches to lead students to successful outcomes in a changed world”, Sage stated.
Nationally the pandemic exposed widening gaps in access and achievement across demographics such as race, income, ability and language to name a few. As noted by Cassandra, “The board has been working to create an equity policy to close opportunity and achievement gaps. LWSD had gaps before COVID-19 and has seen them increase during remote learning. An equity policy at the board level will guide the work of the district as a whole, with accountability measures more clearly defined, leading to an increase in successful outcomes for students.”
Sage takes this work to heart as a member of the collective impact network, Eastside Pathways. She devotes time each week to the creation of Spanish language video newsletters that cover district news for both the Lake Washington and Bellevue school districts. Delivered by native Spanish speakers in a culturally relevant manner, the videos offer communication in a meaningful format and allow an opportunity for-two way dialogue. Director and Co-Founder of Sistema Escolar USA, Liliana Medina, declared, “Special needs and immigrant families have a great advocate in LWSD. Thanks, Cassandra Sage, for your hard work and advocacy for minority groups.”
As legislative representative for the board, Cassandra has spent the past year advocating for student needs in a continuously changing environment. This work entails frequent meetings with elected officials in neighboring districts, local jurisdictions, King County, Washington State and congressional positions. Representative Amy Walen of the 48th LD noted, “Cassandra’s steady, calm leadership throughout the Covid-19 pandemic has helped LWSD re-open schools with safety mitigation in place and student well-being and learning at the forefront.”
Ms. Sage is honored to count the support of parents, students, teachers, community leaders and elected officials in her bid for re-election. “Now the real work begins. With in-person instruction resuming, we need to prepare students for a world that has been forever altered by the pandemic”, Sage declared.
Cassandra Sage first won election to the LWSD board in 2017 with 62% of the vote. Prior to her election, Sage served on local PTSA boards and many other community organizations. She is a longtime Kirkland resident, with three LWSD graduates and a current high school student. To learn more, visit www.cassandrasage.com.