Minutes October 25th Meeting
Monthly CEN Meeting October 25th, 2019 12:00pm-1:00pm SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo De Peralta
In Attendance: Diego Medina, School for Advanced Research; Drew Ayotte, Meow Wolf; Emily McClintock, AmeriCorps VISTA/Opportunity Santa Fe; Hannah Yohalem, Vital Spaces; Joanne Lefrak, SITE Santa Fe; Jonathan Boyd, Vital Spaces; Katie Weeks, Audubon NM; Kathia Gonzales, Audubon NM; Kemely Gomez, Museum of International Folk Art; Kristen Woods, Wise Fool NM; Leslie Fagre, Museum of International Folk Art; Mollie Toll, Office of Archaeological Studies/Museum of New Mexico; Mollie Parsons, Satna Fe Botanical Garden; Nadine Stafford, Independent Consultant; Pam Dresher, Bradbury Science Museum; Sally Maxwell, Audubon NM; Sarah Canelas, AmeriCorps VISTA/Opportunity Santa Fe; Sarah Cheney, Opportunity Santa Fe; Sarah Mandela, ARTsmart NM; Siobhan Niklasson, Pajarito Environmental Education Center; Tallie Segel, SFBG; Turahn Dorsey, Consultant; Winoka Yepa, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts;
Welcome and Introductions
Guest Speaker: Turahn Dorsey, former Chief of Education for the City of Boston—Informal Education.
A presentation about The Future of Learning was held previously on October 24th, 2019.
It focused on using the city as a resource for education.
Community to support educational needs.
Regarding the City of Boston’s Summer Program:
Ecosystem learning.—How do we turn the city into the classroom?
Anytime, anywhere learning
Goal is to think continuously about what leaning looks like.
The school plays it’s role, but out-of-school time learning is still the larger portion.—More impactful.
Want to bridge the achievement gap between low-income students and higher income peers.
Worked to expand access to high quality summer learning with the public and non-profits.
In 2010: began Summer Learning Program in Boston.
Ask, “What is the shared vision?”
Similar aspirations; holistic development.
One target is school, during the school year, itself.—However, it is difficult to change the system.
Summer is a demilitarized zone.—Easier to access; out-of-school time learning may an easier access point, in general.
Nothing happens in a school building or classroom.
Focus on emotional and social development.
Partnership between schools and non-profits; co-designed and co-developed.
This year, the program served 14,000 students
They met every week; only three meetings were missed.
Consider Boston After School & Beyond; their website is here.
Critical partner for implementing after-school programs; bridges school and after-school.
The program needs someone to run it, day-to-day.
Act as intermediaries and/or systems-operation partner.
What we want to know, from the students, is “When you fail, do you stick with it?”
Needed to develop perseverance and growth.
Focus on rewarding more esoteric achievements: perseverance, leadership, etc.
Start the focus here, during the Summer Program, in order to subvert the school year.
Can bleed into the system.
The school system for when to receive grades was changed based off of needs for data.
Holistic Student Assessment:
Student administered, seven-domain assessment to register how you persevere; student resiliency.
Used to support focus on social and emotional learning.
How to manage multiple sites?
Invite practitioners to be peer observers
Creates consistency in program quality.
Created a blended set of funding for the Summer Learning Program to help sustain long term planning.
Each component paid approximately one-third of the budget.
Non-profits paid into the system to help fund.
Provides measurement tools and reports, technical assistance for providers.
Assists with accountability.
Allowed organizations and individuals who are not a direct part of the program to adopt the practices and principles
Those who are not in the system were offered the resulting tools.
Lets people act outside of the system, but be up to standard.
Create an extension of the formal learning system
Started with 3rd Grade-12th Grade.
Backed into earlier years, eventually.
Focused on Summer Learning Loss for Middle Graders.
High School ages concentrated on Acceleration Project.
Work based learning for High School years.
Replaced Summer School entirely by Year 4.
Program targets the kids on the edge of success, but not succeeding.
This group can connect with kids who a fully struggling, but also with the kids who are succeeding.
Set up one partner, or two, per school.
100% of their students are participating in a summer activity.
Transportation.—Families and non-profits step up to get kids where they need to go; cover costs.
Developed an “externship” for teachers; potentially provides some kind of credit.
Allows for professional development.
Creates a professional community; not a silo.—Provides resources.
Asks, “What does learning need to look like?”
And, “What does teaching need to look like?”
So students can graduate with the skills organizations want or need in the future.
And teachers can provide those skills.
Large companies and innovates creating their own learning centers for career pathways.
Opening up education pathways.
Is beginning to fill the teaching pipeline.
See more information about the Summer Learning Program here.
Teacher’s Night Out
Please fill out the vendor feedback form, if you haven’t.
Will be debriefing next Tuesday, October 28th.
Sweeney After School
Need organizations for Family Craft Days, December 6th and 13th.
Will be making ornaments and other family crafts.
Spoke with Eva; there is an opening on April 23rd for just the one night.
Will be at Caesar Chavez.
Visits to schools: no schools have signed up.
Need to create a subcommittee for this; please sign-up, if interested!
Program for experiential learning programs, usually middle school.
Turahn Dorsey will be talking on a panel with New Mexico School for the Arts at Form & Concept on October 26th at 2PM.
Next Meeting: November 22nd at 12:00pm-1:00pm.
Guest Speaker: TBD; Location: TBD.