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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. …

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How School Networks Create Shared Learning Environments and Community

How School Networks Create Shared Learning Environments and CommunityBy Jennifer Power, program officer, ECMC Foundation | January 18, 2018  “The networks can take on the work of building stakeholder support, translating alternative measures of success for accountability partners, collaborating within the network and with community partners, and problem solving around whatever the system throws its way, all the while protecting …

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An Educator’s Response to the Secretary’s comments on Manifest Destiny

An Educator’s Response to the Secretary’s comments on Manifest DestinyBy Anpao Duta Flying Earth, Head of School, Native American Community Academy | December 28, 2017  “We must make education particularly (or specifically) relevant to students regarding their cultural historical needs. This will empower them to articulate and achieve their individual passions, thereby intellectually and socially fortifying their communities.”On December 9th …

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Three Useful Innovations from Non-Traditional Schools

Three Useful Innovations from Non-Traditional SchoolsBy Tony Monfiletto, Director, Future Focused Education | December 21, 2017  “Our ability to live outside the traditional system has allowed us to develop a few innovations that could be particularly helpful. I hope that they are as valuable to school districts as they have proven to be for our students and communities.”Charter schools once …

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Life After Health Leadership High School

Life after Health Leadership High SchoolBy Carolyn Baca, former Health Leadership High School student | December 7, 2017  “They taught us how to give presentations, how to properly present ourselves during interviews, and time management. All of which are traits that are needed in college and the work force. ”Health Leadership High School (HLHS) is a health based high school …