Santa Fe Community Educators Network is a project of the Santa Fe Birth to Career Collaboration, a collective impact initiative supported by the Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Minutes for August 30th Meeting

Monthly CEN Meeting

August 30th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 1800 Upper Canyon Rd

 

In Attendance: Dawn Kaufmann, Museum of International Folk Art; Elan Gerzon, Independent Contractor; Fran Narain, Santa Fe Children’s Museum; Katie Weeks, Audubon NM; Kemely Gomez, Museum of International Folk Art; Lhadze Bosiljevac, AmeriCorps VISTA/Opportunity Santa Fe; Leslie Fagre, Museum of International Folk Art; Mollie Parsons, Santa Fe Botanical Garden; Mollie Toll, Office of Archaeological Studies/Museum of New Mexico; Oriana Lee, Wise Fool NM; Patricio Pacheco, City Of Santa Fe Water Conservation; Sally Maxwell, Audubon NM; Sarah Canelas, AmeriCorps VISTA/Opportunity Santa Fe; Sarah Mandala, ARTsmart NM

 

Agenda:

  • Welcome and Introductions

  • Strategic Planning Meeting

    • Mollie Parsons, Community Educators Network Lead and Santa Fe Botanical Garden Director of Education and Interpretation – Santa Fe Community Educators Network Overview.

      • Goal of overview regarding writing grants. — Ensure grants for the next school year are within collective desires.

      • Collective impact is being pushed for collaborative/community working groups:

        • Not to Compete

        • Co-exist

        • Communicate

        • Cooperate

        • Collaborate

        • Integrate

      • Community Educators Network is not a hierarchical structure; everyone works to collaborate.

        • Open conversation; work to ask other people.

        • No isolation.

      • Creative Collaborations:

        • Middle School Programming.

          • Each program incorporated two CEN organizations and one teacher.

        • A minimum of 8 visits, but usually more.

        • Stipend provided to participating organizations does not cover the cost of excess materials, nor buses for field trips.

          • Last year, we applied for $10,000.

        • Point of contact/communication for programming is the partnering middle school teacher.

        • Focus of the program is careers.

          • Goals are to support and improve engagement and graduation rates.

        • Funder: Opportunity Santa Fe.

          • Future Funding? — Currently applying for more grants.

      • Sweeney After School Programs:

        • Programming works Fridays, with students after school.

        • Each organization provides programming for two consecutive Fridays.

          • Afternoons; approximately 2-3 hours of programming.

          • One day is a field trip; one day is an activity at the school.

        • Purpose of the programming is to engage students in educational activities.

        • Potential addition to program. — Week of programming at the end of the school year.

        • Funder: City of Santa Fe Children and Youth Commission.

          • $10,000 budgeted.

        • Programming sign-ups for this Fall available.

      • City Summer Youth Program:

        • Paid for by a grant from the City of Santa Fe Children and Youth Commission.

          • $24,000 budgeted for a summer.

        • Goal is to incorporate reading and literacy into programming curriculum throughout the summer.

        • City’s Summer Programming provides affordable and accessible summer camps for youth.

        • We have the funds to pay for the first half of next summer.

          • We will apply for another round of funding in spring.

      • Teacher Resource Fair/Teacher’s Night Out:

        • Date set for October 4th, 2019.

          • If a potential vendor, make sure to register!

        • Purpose is to celebrate teachers.

          • Intended to share resources and provide networking opportunities.

        • Current funding:

          • LANL Foundation — Provides funding for food; usually finger food.

          • Vendor registration fee.

          • Small funders; approximately $100-$500 per provider.

            • Dollars4Schools has confirmed for this year.

      • Professional Development and Monthly Meetings:

        • Brings in professionals to provide professional development opportunities.

          • From a variety of fields, to work with us across various organizations.

        • Funds support:

          • Past and future topics; potential expenses for speakers.

          • Time and space secured to speak with one another.

        • Budgeted amount: $2,000 per year.

      • Evaluation Help and Videographer:

        • Provides usable tools; available across organizations and for data collection work.

          • Shared protocols for evaluation.

          • Teaches SFCEN members on how to best use tools.

        • Creates a shareable promotion of programs.

      • Adalante:

        • Uncertainty for future plans.

        • A program for homeless and/or insecure families that provides weekly dinner, resources, and activities.

        • Community Educators Network provides youth activities for Adelante dinner nights.

          • Allows and provides for parents to participate in programming.

        • Currently remaining in budget, despite uncertainty.

          • $1,800 budgeted.

          • Funds will be reallocated, if needed.

      • 21st Century Programming:

        • Currently changing, regarding the teacher trainings.

        • Provides hands on curriculum for teachers.

          • Aimed at students from K-8th Grades.

        • Includes classroom trips by organizations.

        • Grant provided was cut due to teacher raises.

          • Previous funding: Federal Grant, $20,000.

        • Not providing teacher trainings this year:

          • What do we want to do to fulfill this gap?

          • Potentially, we could train teachers in other parts of the city or state.

      • Please refer to the PowerPoint to see the entire budget.

        • For our funding and grant writing. — We always ask for more, as we are provided less.

        • Are we okay with this current funding structure?  — Current budget was approved in this meeting.

      • Other thoughts:

        • We keep discussing early childhood as a focus for projects, but no one has taken on the initiative.

          • As it continues to be a gap, does anyone want to take this on?

        • What professional development do we want to happen in future meetings?

    • Brainstorming Activity:

      • Focus questions for moving forward in the next six months.

        • What should we do to replace the gaps left by losing the 21st Century Teacher Trainings?

        • In losing the trainings, we are also losing usable resources for teachers; how can we use our networks

      • Activity involved discussing multiple questions in groups and writing resulting answers on poster board sheets.

        • What do we want to continue?

          • Creative Collaborations

          • Collaboration

          • Working with teachers in SFPS/ESP

            • Developing relationships with teachers

          • Fun professional development for teachers

          • Interns

          • Focus in at each organization but working with others to make sure everything/everyone has access.

          • Connections

          • Outreach to teachers

          • Professional Development

          • School Gardens

          • Make sure everyone knows NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) and Common Core

        • What do we want to eliminate or avoid?

          • Difficulty of Organizing 21st Century site visits

            • Getting to see how it was actually used to improve it

          • How do we know what parts of the Curriculum were actually used?

          • Teacher’s fear/lack of wanting to take kids outside

          • Creating lots of curriculum without first learning what teachers want/can use from a packaged curriculum.

          • Redundancy — Where is this?

          • Sit down, busy work — Where is this?  Clarify?

          • Avoid overlooking certain populations

            • Special needs, non-nuclear family

          • Perspective programming without the stakeholders

        • What are we at risk of losing?

          • Wonderful informal education outreach

          • Contact with teachers outside of Santa Fe — Northern New Mexico

          • Learning which parts of curriculum are useful, which parts they don’t use

          • Number of student contacts

          • Funding

          • Teacher feedback, in general

          • Continuity

          • Perception that informal education is an important part of student learning

          • Professional development training for Afterschool Staff, who usually don’t receive teacher training

          • Community awareness of CEN INPO organizations

          • Quality After-school programming

          • Building relationships with teachers in Santa Fe and Espanola

        • What do we love or want to keep?

          • Collaboration

            • Collective funding

          • Sharing Professional Development

          • Specifically, knowing what each organization is doing, and who (we keep moving around!)

            • Time to talk to other organizations

          • More school gardens curriculum/structures

          • No competition between us!

          • Teachers Night Out

          • Apply for large $ together

          • Collaboration

            • For friends and money

          • Adelante

          • Training for After school Staff

        • Ideas for moving forward?

          • Request to address faculties at schools regarding opportunities

            • Many still don’t know about CEN

          • Cultural competency training — ARTsmart?

            • E.g. authentic art without appropriating

            • Conversations?

          • Do schools have funding for Out of School Time programming?

          • Grant-writing training?

          • Expand training to rest of state

  • Announcements & Wrap Up

    • Next Meeting: September 27th, location to be decided.

      • Guest Speaker: TBD

    • Children’s Water Fiesta this year will be on Tuesday, October 22nd, and Wednesday, October 23rd.

      • This is in need of volunteers!

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