Educating our disaffected youth is one of the longstanding challenges faced by the United States education system. New Mexico is one region where high school completion and transition into college and careers is an especially difficult path. The Center seeks to radically redefine high school in our communities.
The model we are developing requires a strong network of partners who can propel our growth. We are committed to being a learning organization and are actively involved in national networks. We believe this is how we best learn, develop and progress our local practice. We seek to learn from national partners and also contribute to reform efforts on the national scale, infusing New Mexico with the most cutting edge education practices.
We redesign and recreate to serve our local context, families and communities.
Larry Myatt, Education Resources Consortium (ERC)
Dr. Larry Myatt has been deeply engaged in education leadership development and school redesign for over thirty years. He founded Fenway High School, a pioneer in the small schools and school-to-career movements, and was its Headmaster for twenty years before accepting an assignment to advise Boston’s High School Renewal Initiative. During that time he was a key member of the HSR-Parthenon Group Off-Track Study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and led the companion Alternative School Quality Review initiative. He co-founded Boston’s Center for Collaborative Education and founded and directed the Greater Boston Principal Residency Network at Northeastern University from 2000-2008.
In 2007, Dr. Myatt was awarded the Harry S. Levitan Prize from Brandeis University for career accomplishment in education. He is a former CES National Faculty member at Brown University and was a professional development consultant at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, including being the facilitator of the Annenberg Superintendents Study Group. He is the author of numerous articles on leadership and school restructuring and has led and consulted to school re-design efforts in numerous cities and states.
Larry is a Founding Convener for The Forum for Education and Democracy, and works actively nationwide to support efforts to reduce the high-school drop-out rate. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Green Academy and served as the Senior Fellow for Leadership and Education Ventures at Northeastern University from 2009-2011. Dr. Myatt is a principal founder of the Education Resources Consortium, leading an array of highly-experienced educational consultants and coaches in support of capacity-building in schools and communities.
Michael Soguero, Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center
Michael Soguero has been a leader in education reform since 1993 when he was a founding member of Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center (PDC) development team in Estes Park Colorado which was created as a laboratory for the most cutting edge instruction for at-risk youth in the United States. This formative experience laid the groundwork for becoming a leader in the burgeoning high school reform movement in New York City. While in New York, he had a series of experiences that concluded in a deep and profound understanding of organizational development and specifically small high school design.
Michael became the Co-Director of the School for the Physical City and later the Founder and Director of the Bronx Guild where his work was held up as an exemplar of effective small school leadership. His success is best seen through significantly higher graduation rates than other peer institutions. He quickly became a trusted mentor to other aspiring principals and a partner for teacher training with the Teachers College at Columbia University. His school was recognized by Teachers College for “Excellence in Teaching.” This experience led Michael to become a lead facilitator for the Scaffolded Apprenticeship program within the New York City Leadership Academy where he sharpened his facilitation skills, his broad understanding of urban school reform and the power of dynamic leadership as a means to reform schools and change the lives of students.
After nearly 10 years in New York City, Michael returned to Eagle Rock as the Director of Professional Development where he is currently employed. The Professional Development Center was created by American Honda Education Corporation to help transform high school education in the United States. Michael has made great strides in realizing that mission earning a 95 percent satisfaction rate from 300 clients served last year including the Big Picture Schools network, the Leadership High School Network in Albuquerque NM, and many individual schools participating in the Coalition of Essential Schools. He is a an avid reader and passionate about the latest organizational development theories and facilitation practices.
Tim Kubik, Buck Institute for Education (BIE)
Tim works on a variety of initiatives through Kubik Perspectives, LLC, all designed to increase student engagement with an ever-changing world. He earned a Joint Ph.D. in History and Theory from the Johns Hopkins University, and has designed and taught courses at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate level. With Asia Society and the Buck Institute for Education, he has trained over 2500 teachers in numerous workshops on project- and simulations-based learning. Currently working on a book project, The World…Immediately, Tim is also an active and vocal partner in policy and political initiatives to improve education in his home state of Colorado.
Miguel Lovato, Daniels Fund
Kara Carslile, Kellogg Foundation
Nate Morrison, Teach for America – New Mexico