Online version of my resume/CV: Faith Gibson Hubbard CV
Being an advocate for public education in the District of Columbia has truly been a blessing to my life. I have had the opportunity to meet and work with so many amazing people, community and citywide organizations, and agencies; this work has been an awesome learning experience for me – I have gained so much historical and contextual knowledge about our city and how that intersects with public education landscape; AND most importantly, I have been inspired time and time again by the faces, stories, and passions of MY community.
Every day I am blessed to be Colton’s mommy. While he is my sun, moon, and stars, the reason why I am so passionate about public education is not just for him, it started long before him – my love for education was fueled early in my career as a middle school teacher at Lake Shore Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida. This passion continues to be fueled because of the countless other children who are just like my Colton, they are my neighbors, they are Colton’s future peers, they are the children of the District of Columbia, and the faces of children I might never have the pleasure of meeting. It is their success that matters to me the most. I am of the belief that we have to use that same passion not just to advocate for our own children but for all children who deserve the same right to a quality education, no matter where they live.
Laboring for the right and access to a quality education for all children of the District of Columbia SHOULD matter to us all. Access to, or the lack thereof, quality public education options for all children will always manifest itself into the very fabric of our communities. If is doesn’t affect us today, it will affect us tomorrow.
Over the course of my work I have been fortunate to have been asked to interview for various news publications, media outlets, community blogs, and work in coalition with other community/citywide organizations on education policy documents. Below I have listed a few:
March 11, 2014
“Continuity is really important,” said Faith Gibson Hubbard, the president of the Ward 5 Council on Education, a nonprofit group that advocates for quality public schools in the Northeast quadrant of Washington. “I can’t say that Chancellor Henderson is doing everything that everyone wants, but I do know that if we have a new person, things will be shaken up again. She’s making good-faith efforts and she’s passionate about what she is doing.”
Ms. Hubbard said she is “definitely worried” about what the wider fallout from the revelations about Gray will be.
August 26, 2014
November 19, 2013
Faith Hubbard, president of the Ward Five Council on Education, said she is disappointed by the delay but agrees that — with enrollment lottery season fast approaching — the school system didn’t appear to have marketed the new school broadly enough to ensure a strong start.
“You can’t expect the Field of Dreams — build it and they will come,” Hubbard said.
January 18, 2014
Faith Hubbard, president of the Ward Five Council on Education, said she supports Dunbar’s push for more flexibility on budget matters, curriculum and staffing. But she, too, expressed concern about requiring students to apply in order to enroll.
“Wouldn’t it be even more a story of victory if you were able to do this with the students that you have?” she said.
Hubbard suggested that it might make sense to start an application-only program at Dunbar while reserving seats to accommodate neighborhood children. “If there were a particular program or two that was selective at the school, then that would be great,” she said, “because you could have a variety of kids learning together and encouraging each other to learn.”
March 28, 2014
“This has to be the worst time to do this process,” said Faith Hubbard, a Ward 5 activist who serves on the advisory group. She said she hopes the next mayor honors the work that goes into building a final plan.
June 21, 2014
Faith Hubbard, a member of the citizens advisory committee, said the boundary process already has triggered an intense citywide focus on school quality and is the first step in forcing the kinds of investment — both from D.C. Public Schools and from local communities — that families want to see in schools.
“This way, at least people are looking the lack of quality dead in the face,” said Hubbard, a Ward 5 parent. “There’s something at stake, something to respond to. Just waiting on DCPS to improve quality, it could be another 10 or 20 years.”
November 3, 2014
“The implementation is moving forward, but there’s still a question: Can they undo it?” said Faith Hubbard, a member of the citizen advisory committee that worked to develop the plan.
The office of the deputy mayor for education, which developed the plan, says it is “not a final draft” but something that will be updated based on “feedback, progress and new developments.”
Some changes already are in motion.
WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio
April 29, 2014
“Although upper Northwest in Ward 3 and those areas have been the loudest voices… their realities are just very different than other areas of the city. I don’t feel like there are enough diverse voices at the table so that everyone can understand the landscape of what’s going on in the city,” says Faith Hubbard, president of the Ward 5 Council on Education and a member of the committee.
“It’s really hard, because there are a lot of communities in the city that may feel jaded by certain processes that have taken place in the past regarding DCPS and education and so it may be hard to really reach those people because they may not feel the process is genuine,” she says. “Different communities have different norms. There may be a community where they don’t have the luxury to come to a meeting late at night, or they need childcare, or the weekend’s not really good for them.”
Greater Greater Education
August 29, 2014
“Everybody was disappointed,” said Faith Hubbard, a member of the committee who lives in Ward 5. “It was like, all this work we did over a year, and you want it to come down to this?”
Hubbard feels that attitude will be a problem for the task force that the recommendations call for. “Charters have been allowed to grow without much oversight,” she said, “and this task force is going to infringe on that. Anytime, they could say: we’re going to take our ball and go home.”
The Brookland Bridge
(A local community blog about the Brookland neighborhood in Northeast Washington, DC. Links listed below are of interviews that were conducted regarding education issues specific to our Ward 5 community.)
March 18, 2013
September 14, 2013
July 14, 2014
Capital Community News
(Local publication that published a document that was drafted in coalition with various community and citywide organizations in response to DC City Council pending legislation and the adequacy study that was, at the time, being conducted by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education. This document was a precursor response to the student assignment and boundary process that was initiated later in the Fall of 2013 and completed in August of 2014)
September 9, 2013