Amidst the battle lines drawn between the education establishment and reformers, we often lose sight that every child attending a charter school does so out of the will of their family. These are conscious decisions made by every family seeking to find the best opportunity for their child. No one should take that away.Read More
New Mexico is leading the nation in developing a teacher evaluation system that is fair to both teachers and communities; an inevitable tension in this hard work. We should be proud of what we’ve built and have the fortitude to keep building on that foundation. In doing so we will continue to lead the nation and serve as models of what’s possible.Read More
New Mexico needs a changing of the guard when it comes to education. Too many of those shouting the loudest don't represent the generation, race/ethnicity, socioeconomics, or even best interests of our communities. Instead of doing the hard work of change leadership, they settle for cheap political points and simplistic quips to the press. Let's keep the pressure up for them to do better - or step aside.Read More
Let's pick up our tale where we left off. Which is only fitting given the Albuquerque Journal has done so as well, nearly two weeks after we broke the story. Readers will continue to find original information and reporting right here at your home for all things education in New Mexico. Meanwhile, imitation is the highest form of flattery.
As I dug through thousands of pages of APS/ATF messages received through a public records request, an interesting thread related to this survey proposal emerged.Read More
My two boys, ages 12 and 9, are my top priority. I have been actively and attentively helping them to learn the skills that will allow them to navigate their world since the day they were born. My goal is that they learn to be accountable for their educational choices, and to advocate for their individual needs. Moreover, it is extremely important that, regardless of our location, their educational experience provides for these needs.
Thankfully, New Mexico has a school grading system that raises the bar for academic proficiency and growth. In 2011, The New Mexico Department of Education adopted an “A” through “F” grading system for schools. To determine a final grade, the state evaluates each school based on student growth and overall performance.Read More
On Friday, June 29th I pressed send on an email that gave me great anxiety. I knew receipt of this request would sound alarms and place me in the bullseye (again) of some of the most powerful leaders in the state.Read More
Yazzie is an opportunity to take what we know works and scale that up. Knowing what works, and what doesn’t, requires statewide data that tells us how students, teachers, and schools are performing. And those who can't see a way to work together and evolve forward should step aside for those of us willing and ready.Read More
Last Thursday, New Mexico's 2018 results on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment came rolling in earlier than ever before. The results are promising, though highlight how much progress we have yet to go.Read More
Over the past month I've been digging into the history of public education in New Mexico and Albuquerque. Thanks in large part to the impressive work of Ann Piper in Education in Albuquerque, I tweeted out some of the most interesting tidbits.Read More