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We are the future.

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Another way of teaching and learning is possible.

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The future of industries and society demand something different.

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The New Mexico Center for School Leadership (the Center) is seen as an expert in the future of designing, operating and measuring the success of innovative and locally-inspired schools. The Center is creating a new “mental model” for schools across New Mexico. With its partners, the Center distills current notions of school and works to build a frame of reference for schools that is distinctly focused on responding to the needs of local communities. The Center provides high quality technical assistance to educators who can be catalysts for change and innovation in education in New Mexico. The Center’s commitment to responsive schools is best demonstrated through its role as incubator of the Leadership High School Network (LHSN), which focuses on the future of New Mexico by connecting disenfranchised communities with high growth employers.

What People Are Saying

School reform is a vital area of interest for the McCune Foundation in New Mexico and we are happy to support initiatives like the New Mexico Center for School Leadership with our philanthropy.

Wendy Lewis
Executive Director
McCune Charitable Foundation

The future of industries and society demand something different.


The New Mexico Center for School Leadership (the Center) and its Leadership High School Network (LHSN) are demonstrating through local evidence that another way of teaching and learning is possible.

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In New Mexico, Eagle Rock Keeps on Cutting Edge of School Assessment and Leadership

In 1989, American Honda Motor Company designed and executed a philanthropic initiative to strengthen the company’s corporate social responsibility. The focus on education emerged after two company leaders, Tom Dean and Mak Itabashi, identified widespread student disengagement in high school as an issue that the company could directly address.

Their solution? A school that would serve high school students as well as a professional development center that would contribute to improved student engagement in public secondary education nationally. That school is Eagle Rock School, a high school in Estes Park, Colorado, accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools and AdvancEd. Eagle Rock exists for the purpose of student reengagement, and our Professional Development Center supports and guides schools to implement practices that will accelerate and sustain their improvement. As Founding Board Chair Tom Dean said, “It is through professional development that Honda’s investment is leveraged into the greater good.”

Projects and Partnerships Build a Stronger Future

On a visit to the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Leadership High School in the old town area of Albuquerque, New Mexico, you might be struck at first by what this unique public charter school lacks. There are no classes in the traditional sense. No bell schedule. No cafeteria. No hallways — just a big, open space in an industrial building that once housed a call center. On the perimeter are eight classrooms that are assigned to projects, not teachers…

» Click here to read the full article on Edutopia

Customizing Without Computers

I saw the future of high schools yesterday. It wasn’t about cool digital aps, laptops, or talking to other young people on the other side of the world.  It was re-engineering schooling around young people and their lives. Only in its second year, ACE Leadership High School, a charter school in Albuquerque, has the key to to unlocking our young people’s hearts and minds….

» Click here to read more on the Youth Transition Funders Group Blog

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