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How to Remodel Our Assessment System: Part I

By Deborah Good, Director of Organization Learning and Research | October 23, 2018
What would it mean to put students at the center of our state’s assessment system? We asked 40 different experts in education; here’s what we found.

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Tearing Down the Silos of Work and School

By Tony Monfiletto, Director | courtesy of iNACOL | October 16, 2018 Now think back to a time in your life when you had a positive experience with assessment. The assessment might have been formal or informal, maybe at school or in your professional life—anytime when you were being evaluated in a way that was meaningful to you. I invite …

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What Happens When You Really Listen? Behind the Scenes with Our Student Voices Project

By Glenna Voigt, W.K. Kellogg Fellow | September 27, 2018 Honesty Reyes of Las Cruces High School shows off decorations earned as an ROTC cadet. She is one of 45 students interviewed in our soon-to-be-unveiled student voices project. Future Focused is listening. Before talking to legislators or releasing white papers, we’ve decided to interview the experts: the students themselves. How …

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The Yazzie/Martinez School Sufficiency Decision Is About Way More than Money

By Edward Tabet-Cubero, NM Coalition for the Majority | August 2, 2018 Now think back to a time in your life when you had a positive experience with assessment. The assessment might have been formal or informal, maybe at school or in your professional life—anytime when you were being evaluated in a way that was meaningful to you. I invite …

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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 …