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2020

Let's reimagine our education system together.


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WHEN

Friday, January 10
7:30am - 4:30pm


A full day of workshops, presentations, and professional development led by local and national experts.


Agenda Overview:

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7:30am


Check-In // Breakfast




8:30 to 9:15am


Keynote

  • Welcome from Tony Monfiletto of Future Focused Education and Dr. Gwen Warniment with NM Public Education Department



12:05 to 12:45pm


Lunch


Meet the Presenters


Workshop Descriptions


A Tricky Balance: The Challenges and Opportunities Associated with Implementing Balanced Systems of Assessment

10:50-12:05

Room 101

Scott Marion, President and Executive Director of the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (Center for Assessment)

The call for balanced systems of assessment was born from a recognition that most assessments were doing a poor job of serving a primary purpose—improving learning and instruction. Educators understand that large-scale summative tests are too distal from instruction, at the wrong grain size, and administered at the wrong time of year to make a difference in their daily practice. Therefore, the calls to balance—actually rebalance—assessment systems were motivated by desires to enhance the utility of the system for improving learning and teaching. Dr. Marion co-facilitated the New Mexico Task Force for Student Success and will discuss opportunities for New Mexico to shift towards more balanced systems of assessment, especially those that include performance-based assessments to support improved instruction.

Learning From You While Building at Us

1:40-2:55

Room 103

Tim Ware, Co-founder and CEO of The Higher Learning Project

Tim will lead a presentation about his work on creating a network of schools in Memphis, TN that will serve students who have dropped out or are off-track to graduation. This network is rooted in a partnership with Future Focused Education and is meant to be adapted to the local Memphis context. This session is ideal for those who are focused on equity and schools that are rooted in the local wisdom of their own communities.

8 Ideas that Are Transforming America’s Education System

9:25-10:40

Room 103

Susan Patrick, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Aurora Institute

In this presentation Susan will draw on national and international examples of "Curriculum Redesign" with international examples that move schools away from the inherent limits of rigid curriculum frameworks. Some examples include awarding credits based on schedules and course descriptions that are narrow. Curriculum Redesign allows for more holistic approaches to teaching and learning and better prepares young people for the realities of an unknown future.

Transforming Assessment Systems at the State and Local Level

9:25-10:40

Room 112

Paul Leather, Director for Local and State Partnerships at the Center for Innovation in Education

In this presentation Paul will draw on his experience from states around the country who have transformed their assessment systems. His vision begins with building the capacity of teachers to reimagine student learning and assessment to reflect the skills and knowledge that will be needed in the future. His work is rooted in changing the culture of teaching and learning and building assessment systems that reflect that new vision.

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Why We Need Social Emotional Learning Standards in New Mexico

10:50-12:05

Auditorium

Cynthia Ramirez, LCSW, LSSW, Director of Student Support at Technology Leadership High School

Social emotional learning can take many forms in how it should be implemented in a school setting. This workshop will examine how a school established social emotional learning as one of the foundational objectives of its mission and how it is operationalizing the development of young people at the forefront in educating them. Educators will learn how to utilize a design think model to integrate social emotional learning strategies to strive towards an equitable education for all students and why social emotional learning standards are necessary in our state.

Education “Sufficiency” is About Way More than Money

9:25-10:40

Room 113

Edward Tabet-Cubero, Executive Director for the Learning Alliance of New Mexico

In July of 2018, the court declared New Mexico's public education system constitutionally insufficient and gave the State until April 15, 2019, to provide all students a "sufficient" education. That has not happened. Certain subgroups of students have historically been underserved, and the entire system has been starved of resources, so where do we go from here?

Mentorship and Youth of Color

3:05-4:20

Room 112

Tatiana Falcon Rodriguez, Supervisor for Community Programs at Presbyterian Community Health

Mentorship creates rich work-related experiences that give students a space to grow. For young people of color, this is especially is essential. Studies have shown that white professionals experience a “fast track” when it comes to executive positions as opposed to their non-white counterparts. Non-white professionals have slower career advancements and don’t have as much access to professional development opportunities. This presentation will walk through some of the inherent biases reflected in work with youth, the importance of mentorship, and strategies to support young people professionally.

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Wellness is the Key to Student Achievement and Better Life Outcomes

3:05-4:20

Room 103

Anpao Duta Flying Earth, Executive Director at NACA

The presentation will focus on the NACA Wellness Philosophy which was created by a group of mothers, aunties, and relatives to center education needs within the care of the community. The wellness philosophy provides the balance necessary for a child to truly succeed as a student – and more importantly – as a human being. Learn how Native cultures children are honored, and each child is recognized for his or her special purpose. NACA has put into place multiple collaborative programs that to help ensure that all children are supported In their physical, intellectual, social/emotional, and community & relationship wellness. Personal Wellness classes are also incorporated into the school day for each student.

THIS IS NOT A TEST: Assessment for Learning, Agency, and Equity

10:50-12:05

Room 113

Sarah Lench, Director at Assessment for Learning Project, Chief Curiosity Officer at Center for Innovation in Education

For the past four years, the Assessment for Learning Project (ALP) has brought together a national network of educators and system leaders who are fundamentally rethinking the role of assessment in K-12 public education. In this workshop, we’ll lift up insights from the ALP network to explore the principles, practices, and core shifts in mindsets and behaviors necessary to move a classroom, school, district, and system in the direction of assessment for learning, agency, and equity. Participants will be invited to reflect on your current approaches to assessment, identify unique assets and challenges in your local contexts, constellate those assets and challenges with peers in the room, and create a shared learning agenda for rethinking assessment in New Mexico.

Portfolios, Capstones and More Inclusive Assessment Practices to Develop Meaningful Graduation Guidelines

10:50-12:05

Room 103

Dr. Gwen Warniment, Deputy Secretary for Teaching and Learning for the New Mexico Public Education Department
Tony Monfiletto, Executive Director of Future Focused Education

We hope to leverage the flexibility in our current policy framework to create equally rigorous options for students to graduate readiness to graduate. We expect to embed work based learning, performance assessments and Senior Capstones in a way that is more responsive to our local communities. Join the Deputy Secretary to envision options for growing this work throughout New Mexico.

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Support Youth Activism and Movements

9:25-10:40

Auditorium

Kenia Alonzo, Natural Resources Student at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Kenia Alonzo will be presenting on youth activism and movements. She will be showcasing the importance and impact of past and ongoing youth movements and their leaders. If you want to learn how we can support youth activists and learn about their cause, this workshop is for you.

Turning Theory into Action: Implementing a District Graduate Profile

10:50-12:05

Room 112

Dr. Veronica Garcia, Superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools

The Santa Fe Public Schools has spent the past year developing a graduate profile that reflects an innovative framework that reflects the values and beliefs of the community and prepares students for lifelong success. This session will focus on the ways in which Santa Fe Public Schools will continue to work with the community to develop a framework that informs implementation and measurement of the profile across the district.


Raising Student Voice: How to Bring Storytelling into the Classroom

9:25-10:40

Room 101

Emily Hill, Communications Strategist at MediaDesk

What is school for, and who gets to decide? Students and teachers are often excluded from answering these questions, when they are often the best experts. Storytelling is a powerful way to raise their voices.

In this session, Emily Hill will share how MediaDesk conceptualized and built the “If You Ask Me…” galleries. Interact with these augmented reality exhibits showcasing student and teacher voices from across New Mexico. Using this framework, Emily will help participants design their own storytelling event to help raise student voices in the classroom. Learn how storytelling exercises build connections, deepen relationships, and fundamentally change our conversations about what is possible for schools.

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Future Focused X3 - eXplore, eXperience and eXpand: The Power of Paid Internships to Transform Youth and Communities

1:40-2:55

Room 101

Mistie Gallegos, Director of Operations and Mike May, Director of Workforce Learning

Youth struggling in school make choices that foreclose on their future. As obstacles to academic success increase, students turn to low-wage, low-skill jobs to support themselves, giving up activities that can lead to career opportunities. Learn how X3 Interns changes the lives of students, adults, and employers in Albuquerque. You will work with an adaptable approach for engaging stakeholders in your own community to create a path to real-world learning, student agency, and career readiness.

Session Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand how changes in the economy are requiring a different set of competencies among young people transitioning to the workforce.

  • Identify the characteristics of meaningful internships that support and increase success among marginalized high school students in a professional work environment.

  • Review tools and experience the process of creating authentic and impactful internships.


Youth Panel: Local Wisdom through Student Voice

12:45-1:30

Auditorium

Facilitated by Ali Moore, LCSW, Director of Student Support at Future Focused Education

Youth leaders will share their experiences, wisdom and hopes on how to re-imagine education in New Mexico.

Panel speakers:

  • Victoria Gonzalez, Cesar Chavez Community School
  • Mahdi Hossaini, Highland High School
  • Maeve Trager-Tarrant, Jefferson Middle School
  • Ehlam Yosufzai, Tech Leadership High School
  • Alanah Ambiz, Los Lunas High School
  • Alexandra DeAnda, Los Lunas High School

Authentic and Meaningful Demonstrations of College and Career Readiness: Visioning a Student Capstone Community of Practice for New Mexico

Part 1, 1:40-2:55 // Part 2, 3:05-4:20

Auditorium

Justin Trager, Director of School Networks at Future Focused Education
Lynn Vasquez, Director of New Mexico Public Education Department
Michael Soguero, Director of Professional Development

As New Mexico embraces Assessment for Learning and invests in the local wisdom of educators and community leaders, we have the opportunity to build out a meaningful Menu of Options to Demonstrate College and Career Readiness. Student Capstone’s provide an innovative, more authentic, and equally rigorous pathway for students to demonstrate readiness to graduate. Future Focused Education is partnering with NMPED to facilitate a statewide Community of Practice on Student Capstones. This highly interactive session will engage in a Future Protocol to develop a vision for the work, identify local assets and opportunities, and brainstorm potential action steps toward realizing the vision. We have a vision of ground up reform complemented by national expertise to transform our public schools across New Mexico.


Youth Voice through Policy Engagement

3:05-4:20

Room 101

Emma Jones, Lead Organizer at New Mexico Learning Alliance

Youth will participate in interactive and leadership activities to build upon what they have learned, share their ideas and develop strategies for next steps to create policy changes in New Mexico’s education system.

Project Based Learning and Authentic Assessment

1:40-2:55

Room 112

Jonathan Flanakin, Startup Technology Teacher, Ortiz Middle School, Santa Fe

Learn what has been happening in Flanakin’s classroom in south side Santa Fe, where his blended learning tech-entrepreneurship course asks students to identify ways to improve their world. Students create an original app using MIT App Inventor that addresses a community need, then develop a corresponding business plan and marketing materials. At the end of the year, students present in a Startup Showcase Expo for the chance to win funding and publicity.