How group internships create supportive, safe spaces where the experience is student-driven and student-centered.
Investing in Local Youth is a Better Bet Than Wall Street
By Tony Monfiletto | Future Focused Education
Young people in our state have suffered the most from COVID-19 isolation. And if we don’t act swiftly, we’ll all pay a heavy price.
Does School Segregation Affect Student Success?
By Erica Surova | Director, Center for Community Analysis, New Mexico State University
School segregation still exists, and it remains pervasive across the United States—including New Mexico. Why is segregation still happening? And how does it affect students? The Center for Community Analysis looked at the data to find out.
What is “Family Engagement”? and Why Is It Important in New Mexico?
By Katherine Avery | Outgoing Strategic Outreach Director, Lifelong Family Advocate
The chasm between school and home is too wide. Family engagement can bridge the divide in order broaden and diversify educational pathways that promote student success.
What It Looks Like When Classrooms Are Truly Embedded in Community
By Abby Nayra and Cheryl Carreon | Las Cruces CommunityShare
By showing students different vocations and creative spaces they learn that the “real world” does have a place for us all.
Capstones Better Prepare Native Students for College and Careers
By Miguel S. Maizano | Zuni High School, Senior Honors Project Teacher
The capstone project at Zuni High School is not just an alternative for high school graduation, but a pathway for our students to take their college education seriously.
Essential For Learning, Essential For Life
How Social and Emotional Learning Can Transform Our Schools and Communities
By Amy McConnell Franklin, Ph.D. | Founding Member, SEL4NM
Capstones Are the Cure for Teacher Burnout
By Kristen LaVolpa | Educational Consultant
“The joy I get teaching capstone classes breathes life into my work. I can whole-heartedly say a capstone learning model is the answer to reducing teacher burnout and increasing teacher retention.”
Why We’re Focusing on “Well-being” — in Addition to “Equity”
Tony Monfiletto | Executive Director, Future Focused Education
Last year our organization focused on equity, but in light of the student mental health crisis and our nation’s polarization, we need to widen our field of vision to include well-being. Here’s why.
Capstones Are Not Harder to Grade. Here’s Why.
By Ronnie Reynolds | Senior Capstone Director, Siembra Leadership High School
When students have voice, choice, time, opportunity, and self-reflection in their learning, ‘grading’ capstones can be less work for teachers—and significantly more authentic.