The New Mexico Center for School Leadership (the Center) is dedicated to transforming the educational landscape with input from those who have the most at stake in the success of our communities – including students, families, community members, and business leaders. The Center’s work—comprised of technical assistance to schools, incubation of new schools, and policy advocacy—makes the case that education must be personalized to meet the needs of 21st century students. The Center’s work is grounded in two core philosophies: local wisdom for local schools, or the understanding that local communities are assets in designing schools that support students to succeed in a fast-changing world; and a three-pillar model of learning by doing, community engagement, and student support to guide student success. This unique approach, combining a three-pillar model with local wisdom, is shaping the education landscape for impactful, engaging learning for every single student.
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.
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.
NM Appleseed is a charity working to end poverty in the state. Each year they auction playhouses donated to them and this year they are adding pet houses to the mix. The dog houses were designed and built by students from the Ace Leadership High School.
As Christina Rodriguez notes in Responding to the Student’s Dream: Lessons Learned from Positive Youth Developers in New Mexico, “A lot of our schools don’t seem to recognize the variety of students and what students need. There’s not a one-size-fits-all option.” The lives of our students vary – some may face discrimination because of the color of their skin, their accent, or a disability.
A cluster of four local, public charter schools picked up $1.3 million this week to help upgrade and coordinate its efforts with employers and community partners.