NOTES from the Task Force Meeting of Saturday, March 23, 2013, 2-4 PM La Promesa Early Learning Center, Cafeteria
Thank you to Dr. Analee Maestas for welcoming us to her school, La Promesa Early Learning Center for our Saturday Meeting. Twenty four people attended our meeting and thanks to all, we enjoyed lots of ice cream.
Thank you to Dr. Rick Meyer for his presentation and for information on the many projects he is involved in at the national level. He is going to Washington D.C. often these days. For more information about the Sit-in and events they are planning, please contact him at email@example.com
. We learned about the history of the Foundation that created the Common Core Curriculum Standards. The presentation was very informative and sparked great interest and thoughtful conversation. We were also informed that the union provides workshops on using the new standards, and that many teachers are developing their own modules to meet the standards.
Youth Leadership was represented by Grace Fierro, Richard Jojola and Rey Aragon. They talked about their mission to teach their peers about the status of education in New Mexico, as well as to learn from their peers about what they are experiencing in education. They are especially concerned about what happens to the students who are dropping out of school. They will be active in a Community-Based Participatory Research project to learn from other youth and to produce media. A proposal is being developed in collaboration with the Task Force, American Graduate, and Generation Justice.
The youth introduced our fundraising initiative. The Task Force is working on papers to become a 501c3. In the process we need to raise some funds. Task Force Youth Leaders will be very instrumental in our Latino Education Film Festival. We are working with our new APS Board Member, Mr. Steven Michael Quezada, and Professor Margaret Montoya to provide a Great Film and panel to discuss Community Curriculum. We will invite families and students to work with us on a public information campaign to reach out to community on key equity issues.
HLAAC - at the March Family Engagement meeting, APS, FUE, and task force members worked to identify some key goals. The first project for this sub-committee will be to pilot modifications of the Family Engagement Toolkit, developed out of the CESDP Center. We will start with a small-scale pilot and will involve families, teachers, and students in both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities. Late spring (at the earliest), we will work with APS to further develop the Family Engagement Policy. It will be important to reach out to even more families, students, and schools, but APS has confirmed that Families United for Education will have an important role in working with the district. APS welcomed the Procedures provided by FUE, and FUE members are co-chairs of this committee. It was agreed that developing procedures is important, but that more important is reaching out to families and schools to practice using the tools to implement the policy. The next meeting of the Family Engagement sub-committee is Thursday, April 4, 2013, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM, APS City Center – 6400 Uptown Blvd, Indian Education Conference Room, 4th Floor West Tower. Co Chairs: Kristine Meurer, Candy Patterson, Angi Gonzales-Carver, Francisco Ronquillo. Please join us if you are interested in these important items.
HLAAC - The March Instruction/Community Curriculum sub-committee meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm at City Center (6400 Uptown Blvd NE, 87110) in the Arroyo Chico Room, first floor, West Tower. Co-chairs: Lorenzo Garcia, John Lopez, and 2 APS co-chairs. Please join us if you are interested in the work of this committee.
Senator Lopez has been named to a Committee by Supreme Court Justice Petra Maes that meets with Justice Maes, Governor Martinez, and education leaders in New Mexico. She shared a recent report from Dr. Peter Winograd and UNM’s Center for Education Research and Policy. We are going to request a copy of this report and ask Dr. Winograd to present the latest data on education in New Mexico.
Mr. Mario Zuniga asked that all the organizations addressing education in New Mexico work together.