The Santa Fe Community Educators Network began in January of 2014 with education directors from local museums and cultural institutions gathering to discuss professional development and best practice. Over the course of a year the group settled into a regular monthly meeting schedule and began inviting speakers to present to the attendees and deliberately focusing on a variety of topics from fieldtrips and volunteers to internships and adult education.
In early 2015, after a year of collaborative work, SITE Santa Fe, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden applied for funding from the Santa Fe Community Foundation Birth 2 Career initiative on behalf of SFCEN. SFCEN was granted funds to underwrite speakers, the monthly lunches, and other associated costs. This allowed participants to develop more formal partnerships, including beginning to provide coordinated Santa Fe City summer camp field trips, afterschool programs, and a Teacher Resource Fair. This growth increased in 2016 and 2017 with additional funding from SFB2C to formalize the organizational structure, offer teacher trainings, middle school programs, and begin to create collaborative assessment protocols.
Over three years, the group grew from 15 participants to more than 100 individuals on the email list. SFCEN has gained traction as a resource that other organizations approach to develop collaborative programs and projects. With a wide variety of participants, from independent consultants to museum staff and STEM educators to historical reenactors, SFCEN provides a forum where those involved in informal education can come together for support, conversation, and the opportunity to be inspired by the excellent work occurring across the Santa Fe community.
Santa Fe Community Educators Network is a collaborative working group funded by Santa Fe Birth to Career Collaboration (SF B2c), a collective impact effort to achieve better outcomes across the birth to career continuum in Santa Fe County.
Find out more at http://www.santafeb2c.org/