COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

INNOVATIVE ASSESSMENT COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

What is this Community of Practice?

Future Focused Education is facilitating the New Mexico Innovative Assessment Community of Practice (CoP) in partnership with the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED). The CoP is a community of educators and leaders from school districts and charter schools across New Mexico engaged in collective learning about innovative assessment models that are project-based, culturally and linguistically responsive, and reflective of local practices.

Together we are defining and piloting a new project-based graduation pathway that culminates with senior exhibitions to demonstrate learning, as an alternative to graduation options that require traditional testing. This option will be made available statewide for Graduation Cohort 2022.

The CoP began in early 2020 with 14 founding members. More LEAs (districts and charter schools) have joined for the 2020-21 school year, and others are still welcome to join at Participation Tier 3. (Tiers 1 and 2 have closed for the school year.)

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

authentic choice in how they will

ways to develop our students’ unique

standardize children. We must seek out

“We can standardize tests but we can’t

skills and perspectives, and give them

demonstrate their learning.”

Dr. Donna Navarrete

Turnaround Specialist,

Cuba Independent School District

Turnaround Specialist,

Students and staff from Siembra Leadership High School standing on the sidewalk

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

Dr. Donna Navarrete

Cuba Independent School District

Turnaround Specialist,

“We can standardize tests but we can’t

choice in how they will demonstrate

their learning.”

and perspectives, and give them authentic

ways to develop our students’ unique skills

standardize children. We must seek out

WHY WE NEED THIS NOW

The CoP is an outgrowth of PED’s Student Success Task Force which made several high-level recommendations that require a new emphasis on teaching and learning, including:
  • Ensure assessment practices are culturally responsive
  • Involve New Mexico educators in the process
  • Pursue other innovative practices that measure student learning (e.g. performance-based assessments)

In order to get to a place of culturally and linguistically sustainable teaching practices, our work needs to be rooted in building on the assets students bring with them. If this new system is to be accessible to all kids, we need to grow our multiple student pathways to demonstrate their college and career readiness. A new graduation pathway built on innovative assessments that culminate in senior exhibitions is one step toward a more equitable and balanced assessment system in New Mexico.

As we re-imagine assessment in New Mexico, educators should lead the way. Empowering educators to co-create change while providing support and building their capacity are cornerstones of any high-quality initiative in our schools. The CoP will engage educators in learning from one another, reflecting on their own practice, and connecting with local and national expertise as we work together to define and pilot a new project-based graduation pathway for the state.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

community members and educators, and

should be rooted in local communities. We

be based on NMPED’s decisions alone, but

“Any effort at lasting change should not

needed to seek knowledge from local

build from the ground up.”

Dr. Gwen Warniment

New Mexico Public Education Department

Deputy Secretary for Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Educator writing on presentation paper

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

Dr. Gwen Warniment,

New Mexico Public Education Department

Deputy Secretary for Teaching, Learning and Assessment

“Any effort at lasting change should not

community members and educators,

and build from the ground up.”

needed to seek knowledge from local

should be rooted in local communities. We

be based on NMPED’s decisions alone, but

How it works

LEAs join the CoP at one of three participation tiers:

Tier 3 (Open throughout the year)
Assessment Literacy Pathway

Flexible Participation

  • No required team
  • Optional attendance at CoP sessions
  • No assigned work between meetings
  • Goal: Grow your assessment literacy
  • Not expected to pilot a senior exhibition program at this time

How to join

Applications for membership are currently closed. Please check back when applications reopen in the fall.

Contact tony@futurefocusededucation.org with questions.

Calendar

All sessions are one hour long.
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Founding Members

LEA Primary Contact



Ace Leadership



Justin Trager
justin@aceleadership.org



Amy Biehl High School


Stephanie Becker
sbecker@abhs.k12.nm.us



Cuba Independent School District (CISD)


Karen Sanchez-Griego
sanchez-griego@cuba.k12.nm.us



Deming Public Schools


Teri Trejo
teri.trejo@demingps.org



Explora


Allison Brody
abrody@explora.us



Farmington Municipal Schools


Korth Ellsworth
kellsworth@fms.k12.nm.us



Health Leadership


Leticia Archuleta
leticia@healthleadershiphighschool.org



Las Cruces


Roberto Lozano
rlozano@lcps.net



Santa Fe Public Schools


Veronica Garcia
vcgarcia@sfps.k12.nm.us



Siembra Leadership


Melissa Govea
m.govea@siembraabq.org



South Valley Academy


 Jenn Gable
 jgable@southvalleyacademy.org



Tech Leadership


Sahra Saedi
saedi@techabq.org



Vista Grande HS


Jenny Lewis
jenny.lewis@vghs.org



Zuni Public Schools


Randy Stickney
randy.stickney@zpsd.org


Resources

Check back for additional resources as we learn together.