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Graduating as an Undocumented Scholar: DACA’s Role in Building Collective Power

By Rafael A. Martinez | June 21, 2018 Future Focused Education launched a paid internship program because we knew young people were sacrificing their long term futures because their families need them to work.  As a result, these young people were boxed out of unpaid life changing pre-career experiences that other more privileged young people had.  After a year of …

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4 Things Business and Community Leaders Should Know to Help our Schools Succeed

By Tony Monfiletto, Future Focused Education | June 7, 2018 “It took you eight years to graduate with your Bachelor’s degree?!” “It took you eight years to graduate with your Bachelor’s degree?!” The graduate advisor, who is looking through my graduate school application materials, asks me after she turns to my transcript. I look down and nod. What she did …

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How our School System is Failing Immigrant Students

By Rachel White, Refugees of New Mexico, Highland High School | May 10, 2018 In September 2015, Martin enrolled in my high school ESL 1 class as a refugee from Rwanda. He couldn’t communicate with me, aside from telling me “Hi, Miss!” every day with a huge smile on his face. It warmed my heart to feel the enthusiasm that …

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Deeper Learning & Equity: A Call for New Mexico Schools

By Jaqlyn Baldwin, LCSW, MBA, Siembra Leadership High School | April 26, 2018 Last month over 1,300 educators and school leaders from around the globe convened at the annual Deeper Learning Conference, held annually in San Diego. The exchange of equity practices in schools allowed professionals to return home with a rejuvenated sense of purpose.  Opening keynote speaker Carlos Moreno, …

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How Siembra Leadership High is Breaking the Mold of Traditional School

By Henry Rael, McCune Charitable Foundation of New Mexico | April 12, 2018 I am an activist and organizer. I’ve been an activist since I was twelve years old. I am a Generation Justice Media Justice Intern. Generation Justice is New Mexico’s premiere, award-winning youth media project and they train youth to harness the power of media. I have been …