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Posted January 7, 2009

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Strengthening the Partnership for Native American Education in APS

On Monday evening November 24, 2008, a very significant event took place at the Pueblo of Isleta Resort. Parents, of Native American students, and the Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent came together to discuss issues related to Native American students in APS. This community meeting took place in partnership with the APS Leadership team, the APS Indian Education Department, and the Pueblo of Isleta.

The event was hosted by J. Robert Benavides, Governor, Pueblo of Isleta and was attended by over one hundred people. Governor Benavides in his opening remarks stated the importance of such a meeting as this one and when it came to the education of our young people it is “not about today, it is about tomorrow”. The Governor has been a strong supporter of the APS Indian Education Department’s efforts in providing services to all Native American students in APS.

Winston Brooks, APS Superintendent, conducted the meeting with all who were in attendance and heard from participants about “what APS is doing well?”, “what could APS do better?” and “if you were Superintendent, what you would change?” Parents who attended the meeting worked in small groups to discuss these and other issues and reported to the Superintendent’s leadership team who acted as moderators for the activity. There was much discussion and sharing of ideas during the sessions. Comments at the end of the meeting from some parents voiced positive remarks about the process used by APS to get input from parents of Native American students. At the end of the meeting, Winston Brooks was given thanks for his willingness to listen to the Native community.

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