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

4 Things Business and Community Leaders Should Know to Help our Schools Succeed By Tony Monfiletto, Future Focused Education | June 7, 2018 “People want our schools to succeed and there is plenty of good will that we should tap to do so. Imagining new relationships with new partners is our task and it will take more than our systems …

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Teacher Stress Is Real Because Teaching Well Is Hard: How Inspired and Collaborative Professional Development Can Help

Teacher Stress Is Real Because Teaching Well Is Hard: How Inspired and Collaborative Professional Development Can Help By Sheryl Chard, Sofia Center, Bosque School | May 24, 2018 “If it were just the stress of May, it might not be so concerning, but forty-six percent of teachers report high levels of daily stress throughout the year, a rate on par …

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How our School System is Failing Immigrant Students

How our School System is Failing Immigrant StudentsBy Rachel White, Refugees of New Mexico, Highland High School | May 10, 2018 “He told me though teary eyes this week that sometimes he gets so frustrated that he wants to go back to Rwanda. He said, “Sometimes I want to go back to my country. I feel really sad, like I …

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Deeper Learning & Equity: A Call for New Mexico Schools

Deeper Learning & Equity: A Call for New Mexico SchoolsBy Jaqlyn Baldwin, LCSW, MBA, Siembra Leadership High School | April 26, 2018 “If we continue to have some of the most dismal education stats in the nation, then it is not our kids that are failing, but us as educators, elected officials, business and community leaders that are failing them.””If …

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How Siembra Leadership High is Breaking the Mold of Traditional School

How Siembra Leadership High is Breaking the Mold of Traditional SchoolBy Henry Rael, McCune Charitable Foundation of New Mexico | April 12, 2018 “We know that traditional ways of “doing school” just don’t work for a lot of the kids in our City and Siembra is developing a distinct alternative that puts core capacities at the center of what we …

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Why I Led a Walkout Against Gun Violence for National Walkout Day – A High School Senior’s Take

Why I Led a Walkout Against Gun Violence for National Walkout Day – A High School Senior’s TakeBy Kenia Alonzo, Generation Justice, Media Justice Intern | March 29, 2018 “I cried because I had to plan a walk out to say I didn’t want to die at school. I cried because I, a student, had to take action because my …

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6 Innovative Education Programs Pushing the Envelope in New Mexico

6 Innovative Education Programs Pushing the Envelope in New MexicoBy Tony Monfiletto, Future Focused Education | March 15, 2018 “There is real innovation happening in our public schools even though all the signals from the state dissuade such efforts…The risk taking is clearly a statement about the commitment to serving young people and communities regardless of the agenda from the …

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No Such Thing as a Math Person: How to Help Students Realize their Potential as Mathematicians

No Such Thing As a Math Person: How to Help Students Realize their Potential as MathematiciansBy Kersti Verna Tyson, University of New Mexico | March 1, 2018 “The reality is that we all use mathematics to make sense of our worlds. At its heart, mathematics is a language all humans use to describe patterns they observe and imagine. It is …

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New Mexico’s Skill Gap: How Relationships Can Help Employers, Workers and the Economy

New Mexico’s Skills Gap: How Relationships Can Help Employers, Workers and the EconomyBy Jason Espinosa, New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry, Future Focused Board Member | February 15, 2018 “We need a new strategy if we are going to connect the students in our schools to the employers that are looking to grow their companies.” “We need a new …

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A ‘Miscalculation’ On Our Standardized Tests Negatively Affected My School’s Letter Grade

A ‘Miscalculation’ On Our Standardized Tests Negatively Affected My School’s Letter GradeBy Jeff Tuttle, teacher, Monte Vista Elementary School | February 1, 2018  “The announcement of our miscalculated “F” to the public was not just demoralizing and bad public relations, it could potentially keep people from coming to our school, which relies upon transfers for 50% of our student population. …