In conjunction with the New Mexico Center for School Leadership, Padilla is advocating for an “alternative assessment model” that goes beyond standardized test scores.
Tony Monfiletto, New Mexico Center for School Leadership director and a supporter of the joint memorial [for standardized tests], said standardized test results are valuable but limited.
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.
On Jan. 29, the Albuquerque Journal published an editorial titled: “LFC didn’t do homework on charter school report.”
It was critical of the Legislative Finance Committee’s study of charter schools because it “leaves out a lot of data.” The Journal editorial board suggested that it’s inappropriate to evaluate all schools in the same way.
Siembra Leadership High School, a new business-focused charter school opening in Downtown Albuquerque this fall, has won a major grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
KOB Eyewitness News 4’s Erica Zucco brought the NM Center for School Leadership, Health Leadership High School and the Albuquerque Sign Language Academy leaders on the show to discuss how new educational opportunities for New Mexico students are preparing them for New Mexico’s workforce. Watch the full segment here.
Tom Sullivan’s recent letter to the editor is more evidence that we need to change the way we do business when it comes to public schools. It’s time to break down the distinctions between charter and traditional schools so that we can seize the innovation opportunity of charters in Albuquerque and New Mexico.
Three foundations are helping to fund Albuquerque Public Schools’ first chartered high school in seven years. The fourth school in the Leadership High School Network, the yet-unnamed high school will be focused on entrepreneurship and is the result of conversations the New Mexico Center for School Leadership had with industry leaders around Albuquerque. It’s expected to open in a temporary space in August 2016. According to Moises Padilla, who will serve as the high school’s principal, the school sought startup funding from several foundations and received donated land to launch the school.
The New Mexico Center for School Leadership is hoping to open a fourth charter school next year devoted to giving students the skills they need to be entrepreneurs. The center has already started schools focused on technology, the health professions, and architecture, engineering and construction.
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