The Albuquerque Public Schools Academic Master Plan: A Guide for Educators
“THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE WHO PREPARE FOR IT TODAY." Malcolm X
Public education is all about life lessons. Classroom lessons on reading, writing, problem solving. Social lessons on listening, collaborating, personal responsibility. Physical lessons on movement, self-confidence, risk-taking. Cultural lessons on respect, acceptance, relationship-building.
As educators – and by educator I mean anyone who touches the lives of students – it is our responsibility to guide students through all of these life lessons so that they graduate with the skills, knowledge and ability to succeed in a highly competitive and rapidly changing world.
But what is guiding the educators?
That’s the purpose of the Albuquerque Public Schools Academic Master Plan, a roadmap for reshaping current teaching, learning, classroom experiences and schools to fulfill the needs of a future generation.
The Academic Master Plan will guide us during the coming years as we serve the whole child. Students who have needs and values; who crave knowledge and acceptance; who struggle with self-regulation, self-confidence and self-identity. They are ours – every single one of them. They are at the core of what we love about New Mexico, Albuquerque, our communities, neighborhoods and families.
These students with their individual personalities, wants and needs also are at the center of the Academic Master Plan, which is being designed to help us provide our students with these all-important life lessons.
This is their plan. And yours, too. It is an organic blueprint developed with much input from those who have a stake in public education – teachers, social workers, counselors, principals and others in schools as well as parents, community members, business owners, even students themselves. We asked the public to imagine what skills, attitudes and characteristics a future graduate will need to be successful, and then to come up with a plan for schools and the district as a whole to help students reach that level of success. The conversations were wide-ranging and are reflected in the plan.
Now that we have a clearer vision for making our schools high quality and community responsive, it is time to share these initial results and put the plan in action, keeping in mind that the Academic Master Plan will continue to evolve. We’ll continue to update it as it progresses, and we welcome comments and suggestions as we implement this plan for student success.
Signed, a superintendent
Raquel Reedy, Albuquerque Public Schools
The purpose of the Albuquerque Public Schools Academic Master Plan is to provide a roadmap for reshaping education so that our students are prepared to live and thrive in a competitive, ever-changing world. It is a work in progress that will continue to evolve as educators put it to use. As any traveler knows, unforeseen roadblocks and detours sometimes force a change in direction, and on occasion, a better, more scenic route becomes apparent. And so we ask for your continued input.
If you were part of a focus group or community forum, we thank you for your time and thoughtfulness. Your collective experience, insight and vision have proven invaluable.
If you haven’t had a chance to weigh in on the Academic Master Plan, it’s not too late. Join us on this journey as provide the life lessons for students that will provide them for the world stage. Let us know if we’re on the right path, provide comments, ask questions and follow along as this plan evolves.
Check here for updates and send comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from your as we implement this plan for student success.