Minutes for 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 BostonInformal 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.

      • Guideposts:

        • 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.

        • Program combined:

          • District.

          • Philanthropy.

          • Non-profits.

        • 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.

  • Adelante

    • Spoke with Eva; there is an opening on April 23rd for just the one night.

    • Will be at Caesar Chavez.

  • 21st Century

    • Visits to schools: no schools have signed up.

  • Creative Collaborations

    • Need to create a subcommittee for this; please sign-up, if interested!

    • Program for experiential learning programs, usually middle school.

  • Announcements

    • 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.










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