Discussions to take place across Albuquerque about our most critical asset: our students.
“What is the vision for the future of Albuquerque?” is a big, clamoring question being investigated at many levels in our city. One of the most critical realms of investigation is taking place around public education; How do we envision and then create schools that provide the skills, critical thinking and creativity our young people need to compete for good jobs and create opportunities for our state? “Education Visioning for Our City” takes a step toward answering that pivotal question, and does so by asking the parents and students themselves.
“Education Visioning for Our City” is a series of free, public community dialogues to be held in three APS Board Districts in early January. These dialogues invite and engage parents and students around what they want education to look like in our schools and our city. This visioning process will identify three to five priorities for current and future Albuquerque Public Schools leaders to address.
“These dialogues help to get us out of the box, to see the pieces and parts of the vast education system as people. This human input enables not only our families but also our educational leaders to better understand and harness the opportunities and assets we have to help our students excel in New Mexico.” says Ian Esquibel, Executive Director of the Learning Alliance of New Mexico, the hosting organization. “It is amazing when we open our minds, ears and hearts how much the world will teach us.”
Dialogues will take place:
Board District 1: Saturday January 3rd 11:30am to 2:30pm Alamosa Community Center, 6900 Gonzales Rd. SW 87121
Board District 4: Tuesday January 6th 5:00pm to 7:30 pm Cesar Chavez Community Center, 7505 Kathryn SE 87108
Board District 2: Thursday January 8th 5:30pm to 8:30pm Taylor Ranch Community Center, 4900 Kachina NW 87120
This project is supported by a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
From these dialogues the Learning Alliance of New Mexico will compile a report of priorities heard from the community, and will communicate those priorities to education organizations and others interested in collecting additional data points that communicate what our students and families need from Albuquerque Public Schools.
The dialogues and resulting priorities are another step on the road to ensuring the future vision for Albuquerque is clear, informed and focused on what is best for our future, our families and our students.
WHAT: Education Event and Community Dialogue WHEN and WHERE:
1. Board District 1: Saturday January 3rd 11:30am to 2:30pm
Alamosa Community Center, 6900 Gonzales Rd. SW 87121
2. Board District 4: Tuesday January 6th 5:00pm to 7:30 pm
Cesar Chavez Community Center, 7505 Kathryn SE 87108
3. Board District 2: Thursday January 8th 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Taylor Ranch Community Center, 4900 Kachina NW 87120
WHO: The Learning Alliance of New Mexico
Activities: Community dialogue. Free food provided. Families and students are welcome.
About the Learning Alliance of New Mexico (GENERAL ORGANIZATION INFORMATION) The Learning Alliance of New Mexico works to ensure that all students in New Mexico—regardless of race, cultural heritage, academic ability, location, or economic class—have the choices and skills upon high school graduation that allow them to fully participate in their communities, the workplace, and across the multi-national state of New Mexico.
The Learning Alliance is working to develop an education reform framework that supports local values and yields schools that provide the skills, critical thinking and creativity our young people need to compete for good jobs and create opportunities for our state.
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (GENERAL FOUNDATION INFORMATION) The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit http://www.wkkf.org.