Minutes for September 27th Meeting

Monthly CEN Meeting
September 27th, 2019 12:00pm-1:00pm
Udall Conference Room (Upstairs in the Udall Museum Resource Center), 725 Camino Lejo


In Attendance: Amanda Lee, SITE Santa Fe; Drew Ayotte, Meow Wolf; Emily McClintock, AmeriCorps VISTA/Opportunity Santa Fe; Kemely Gomez, Museum of International Folk Art; Leona Hillary, Santa Fe Children’s Museum; Leslie Fagre, Museum of International Folk Art; Mollie Parsons, Santa Fe Botanical Garden; Mollie Toll, Office of Archaeological Studies/Museum of New Mexico; Nadine Stafford, Consultant; Nick Kunz, NM MESA; Oriana Lee, Wise Fool NM; Patricio Pacheco, City Of Santa Fe Water Conservation; Penny Holcomb, AmeriCorps VISTA/Opportunity Santa Fe; Sarah Canelas, AmeriCorps VISTA/Opportunity Santa Fe; Sarah Cheney, Opportunity Santa Fe; Sarah Mandala, ARTsmart NM; Susan McIntosh, Santa Fe Science Initiative;


  • Welcome and Introductions

  • Guest Speaker: Estefany Carrasco-González, Program Officer for Education and Opportunity Santa Fe – Overview regarding Opportunity Santa Fe.

    • Opportunity Santa Fe is a collective impact initiative of the Santa Fe Community Foundation

      • It is now six-years old.

    • It is supported by AmeriCorps VISTAs and Summer Associates, who are housed at the Community Foundation.

      • They support all fifteen collaborative working groups.

      • AmeriCorps is the domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps.

      •  They do indirect work, such as capacity building.

    • Collective Impact is:

      • Common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, backbone.

      • Just another term for what communities have been doing for centuries; community collaboration.

        • Organizing how to share and negotiate where resources should go.

    • So that:

      • Opportunity Santa Fe shares a data person with the community.

      • Has constant communication, through monthly meetings, in order to create sustainable practices.

      • Focuses on Results Based Accountability.

        • Which is quantifiable data used to track progress.

    • Opportunity Santa Fe collaborates with the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board.

    • Work needs to be done on disconnected youth and low birthrates.

      • OSF is shifting to hone-in on efforts that haven’t improved.

      • However, everything else is on track!

  • Guest Speaker:  Penny Holcomb, AmeriCorps VISTA with Opportunity Santa Fe – The Reading Group & Free Book Opportunity!

    • The Reading Group was created to deal with concerning reading levels in our area.

      • The initiative is to raise 3rd Grade reading proficiency.

        • Currently, 30% at that grade level cannot read.

        • Students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th Grade will never be able to catch up.

    • What they do:

      • Parent education and support; ex. they get books to them.

      • Distribute tip sheets to parents in both English and Spanish.

      • They get involved in early identification efforts, such as the passed 389 Bill for Dyslexia.

      • Reading intervention and programs, including Reading Quest and Reading is Magic

      • Teacher/mentor/tutor training and focus on Growth Mindset.

    • Major Opportunity: First Book’s Award!

      • They were awarded $15,000 in FREE book credits that MUST be used by December 15th, 2019.

      • Please share with every educator and staff person in your Title I or Title I Eligible school or program.

      • Kick-off will be at Teacher’s Night Out, on October 4th!

      • For more info and the promo code, please contact Penny Holcomb at pholcomb@santafeb2c.org.

      • To apply, email Reading Group at sfreadinggroup@gmail.com.

      • Please see Firstbook.org for book options!

      • This is a first come, first serve opportunity; register early!

        • The award will possibility provide for fifty educators.

  • Subcommittee Updates:

    • Teacher’s Night Out

      • Vendor Registration cut-off is on Monday, September 30th; $45 for a table.

      • The event will be in the middle of the new CCA installation.

      • There will be 3 mixers for teachers to connect.

    • Sweeney After School

      • Needs sign-ups for Family Craft Days on Friday, December 6th and December 13th at 1:30pm-4:30pm.

        • Will need craft ideas and supplies.

        • Will be a time for children to make holiday ornaments and decorations!

    • Adelante

      • Is in negotiations with Cesar Chavez.

      • Eva & ARTsmart – Might be able to host.

      • We will connect with Eva.

    • 21st Century Teacher’s Training

      • Mollie Parsons has talked to Holly and Mary.

      • We will make a la carte menu for visits:

        • Five sentence description; include who it is targeted for, and make sure they are hour long programs.

      • Get ideas to Mollie P. by Wednesday, October 2nd!

    • Creative Collaborations

      • We will be discussing programming in October.

    • City Summer Program

      • Some notes from the Evaluation Report:

        • There was a general decline in happiness with the program; mixed reviews.

        • It’s currently in draft form; will be finalized soon.

        • There was an increase in the number of kids having positive role models.

  • Announcements:

    • Water Fiesta Program is filled up! – There is a total of 22 presentations.

    • Next meeting: Friday, October 25th, at 12:00pm-1:00pm at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo De Peralta.

      • Guest Speaker: Turahn Dorsey

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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.