Minutes of March 30th, 2018 Meeting

April 4, 2018

Santa Fe Community Educators’ Network

Meeting for March 30, 2018

Santa Fe Children’s Museum


In Attendance:

Amanda  Lee, SITE Santa Fe; Shannon Bay, Georgia O’Keefe Museum; Susan Mclntosh, Santa Fe Science Institute; Lisa Noriega, City of Santa Fe; Mollie Parsons, Santa Fe Botanical Gardens, Elysia Poon, SAR; Shawna Jones, Santa Fe Botanical Gardens; Nick Kunz, NM MESA; Alanna Herrera, Wise Fool NM; Carol Aubrey, Transformational Learning; Rene Harris, NMHM/POG, Molly Timmins, VISTA; Dana Greenblatt, VISTA; Mollie Toll, Office of Archaeological Studies; Chris Nail, New Mexico Museum of Art; Veronica Silva, Santa Fe Children’s Museum; Leona Hillary, Santa Fe Children’s Museum Northern Youth Project; Lucia Duncan, Hands-On Heritage; Patricia Sigala, Museum of International Folk Art.



Amanda Lee, SITE Santa Fe; Mollie Toll, Museum of NM; Veronica Silva, Santa Fe Children’s Museum


I.           Focus: Discussion of Making Summer Last: Integrating Summer Programming into Core District Priorities and Operations reading by Catherine H. Augustine and Lindsey E. Thompson.

  • Thoughts on the Report:

    • How do you coordinate more than one program in one single district?

      • May be issues because of multiple different stakeholders and limited funding.

    • How can we have more buy in from the schools where we are holding summer programs?

      • Invite superintendent

      • Make photo album of summer program activities

      • Give reports on kids who participated in summer programs to their new classroom teachers in the fall

    • Many employees were new to their position this year and some new to the district. Coordinated staff development in science is happening through Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation and the Santa Fe Science Initiative.

    • Individuals who bridge the gaps:

      • Chari Kauffman: Math and Sciences

      • Dr. Melissa Lomax: Director of Curriculum and Instruction 

    • Training: Formative assessment and self assessment for kids, what does that look like?

      • Push for math professional development for teachers

      • SFPS - may have a week devoted to Math PD and that SFSI is doing a week on Formative Assessment

      •  LANL Foundation will be providing ISEC (Inquiry Science Education Consortium)  training for new teachers and for teachers who change grade levels) in late July and the the NMPED will do Making Sense of Science Training (MSS) in June

    • Preparing materials for teachers:

      • Mary Massey

      • Lomax

      • Linda Sink (associate superintendent)

    • The CEN can turn around and dynamic and bring educators up to speed when that is needed - there is a wealth of knowledge in the CEN group.

    • Obtaining support from City Councillors

      • There are many new councillors this year (4) and they are therefore more likely to be willing to visit our summer programs

      • City Councillors are the individuals that vote to ensure that city rec program continues to happen → and therefore that the CEN summer programs continue as well

      • Involved in CYC grant process

      • County grant just received - invite people from grant to see programs

        • Allow them to see that grant is working and that the kids are having an enjoyable experience

        • Invite board members from Community Foundation

      • Other individuals that should be invited

        • Maureen Cashman (?)

        • Kate Noble (?)

        • Mayor Alan Webber

    • July 12 - National Summer Learning Day

      • Invite Press or write our own article

      • Advertising to parents

    • What do the teachers know about what we are doing? How can we increase buy-in from them?

      • Invite Sweeney and Camino Royal staff to summer programs

    • District Driven Support

      • CEN training is taking place next month about incorporating literacy curriculum

      • Would be helpful to receive training on art, math, science standards as well

      • Currently there are than 10 math programs in the district

        • Don't know the number of literacy programs - could be multiple as well

        • Attempt being made to consolidate programs

    • Teachers are stressed for how they will incorporate extensive curriculum in limited time

      • CEN can provide a ‘magic window’ to add education in common core curriculum

    • How can we (CEN) supplement what is lacking in the public education system?

      • Education parents on how you can do inquiry based learning with your kids?

      • Give answer that helps kid over stumbling point without just handing them the solution (critical thinking)

        • Allows students to explore and wonder w/out being judged

        • If you direct questions towards critical thinking vs. the right or wrong answers → these skills will begin to develop

          • The next step becomes helping students develop that type of thinking into language

      • Comes in how we talk to kids and parents, in materials that we send home → materials will show up in their home and they can talk about it later

        • Help parents use their time well with kids

      • CEN has an advantage because often it is easier to inspire/motivate children in informal learning settings

        • Important to connect with their learning in school so that they can understand the value of being in school

        • Community Educators are also stressed as part of their organizations in terms of time and resources

          • Community Educators are also tasked with proving that the children they are reaching are learning - critical for continuing to receive grant support

    • How do we assess the growth of individuals in our programs?

      • Looking at growth of the individual - pre and post testing

      • In terms of Summer Programming

        • Pre, mid and post evaluations

        • Children could evaluate themselves

          • Helpful to provide an opportunity for self-reflection

          • Could provide a simple assessment (ex: emoji based)

          • Questions such as: Can they get along with their friends better? Can they solve problems better?

        • How can we track the same evaluative measure across multiple programs?

          • Survey that touches on: problem solving, stress

        • Evaluations can be helpful to generate material for B2C Collective Impact grants

          • Useful to align language in evaluation to match the language that is required for the B2C grants, to make a stronger case for

        • Train VISTAs to perform evaluations

    • How can we look at social emotional learning (SEL)?

        • Often more important than hard skills (reading, writing) children need to understand the emotional piece of being in the classroom

        • If you can't manage kids → it limits the amount of learning that can take place

        • This type of development pivotal to get kids to center themselves and be able to focus

      • Wise Fool participated in a national study looking at SEL in circus programs

        • Alana will share the Tool Kit

      • Looking at social and emotional health

        • Expand language and therefore expand ability for kids to express themselves

        • These skills can still be aligned to common core: all always teaching and learning

          • Common core standards make good sense and are worth using as an outline

          • New Mexico Common Core Standards

          • Helpful to look at specific breakdown of the common core standards to get creative ideas for how to integrate into curriculum

        • Wallace Foundation’s 2018 report on Social Emotional Intelligence

          • KEY pages: 15-17, chart on page 18, 314-323 (for a more detailed description of the SEL key skills)


II.            Committee Reports:


a.       Adelante

  • Event happens weekly at Sweeney: Provide programming/activities for families or kids

    • Two organizations usually cover a night together

    • Usually there are multiple tables doing different activities

  • Dates still available for organizations to sign up

  • Shannon Bay has reimbursement forms


b.      Creative Collaborations

  • Two organizations pairing together to work with a classroom teacher  conducting an eight week activity in a classroom

  • Culminating Event CCA April 24th (?) 5:30

  • Shannon & Mollie worked with Grace Meyers class


c.       21st Century Training

  • 21st Century Grant was NOT cut from the budget

  • Train teachers 2x a year to run after school programs, training usually in August and January

  • This years training is on August 25 in Los Luceros

    • Full day training

    • Per training day $1100 (?) is budgeted

    • Usually groups partner together

  • Asked teachers to come up with topics they want to see curriculum around based on the interest of students

  • Train teachers for one day on a project that they could implement in a six week span

    • Comes out to roughly 24 hrs of curriculum

    • Project based learning - hands on

    • Themes in past: Grades  K-2 focused on habitat (SF Botanical Gardens), Grades 3-5 focused on mapping Santa Fe (History Museum)

    • 21st Century Learning Curriculum


d.      After School Program

  • Pilot after school for next year

  • 2.5 - 3 hr program at sweeney

  • Organizations sign up for to two weeks in a row

    • First week is in the classroom

    • Second week is a field trip

    • Budget: $400 a week for 20 wks

  • Target sweeney b/c they do not have the 21st Century Program

  • Afternoon Programs


e.       Summer Programming

  • Still a few weeks left to sign up

  • Just got $15000 secured from county

  • If you are going to participate and have not turned in curriculum do so

  • Make sure to indicate the specialty supplies that you may need


III.            Close of meeting/Plan for next month

  • Will be a longer session - 2 hrs, 12-2

  • Literacy Training

  • April 27 (?)

  • Udall Building

  • Summer curriculum must be sent before that meeting so that literacy group can review


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