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APS Gets High Praise for Hosting National Education Conference

Superintendent Winston Brooks and APS are thanked for producing "the best conference that the Council of the Great City Schools has ever held."

A letter from Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools

November 4, 2013

Dear Mr. Brooks, Albuquerque School Board, and APS team—

I write to express my deepest gratitude for your leadership and hard work in producing the best conference that the Council of the Great City Schools has ever held.

Every aspect of the conference received universal praise. The volunteers, the student musicians, the centerpieces and decorations, the registration process, the press and social media coverage, the technology room, the breakout session support, the crack-of-dawn help with directions to the convention center, and so much else received glowing accolades during the final debriefing session on Sunday morning. In fact, the crowd decided to give you an ovation loud enough for you to hear at your respective houses. I suspect all of you were asleep, as I am looking forward to being tomorrow morning.

I also want to express my gratitude for how well the APS team worked with the Council staff. It was a seamless operation from start to finish. We actually felt sad leaving you and your terrific staff when we headed to the airport.

Finally, I think you know that the conference was the first time that many attendees had ever visited Albuquerque. We had around 1,000 people who came to the conference from every major city in the nation, the second highest attendance at any gathering in the organization’s 57-year history. Everyone was profoundly impressed with the friendliness and diversity of the people, the beauty of the cottonwood trees, the mountains and sunsets, and the many museums, restaurants, cultural sites, and other attractions that your Great City had to offer. And one could not listen to the students and watch their performances without feeling extraordinarily optimistic about your city, America, and their futures.

The city and state and all its leaders should be very proud of how well you represented them and how integral your work is to the community and its success.

So many people commented that they would love to return. Again, please accept my deepest thanks for an outstanding meeting, for your friendship, and for your commitment to the children we all serve. Congratulations, and thank you so much!

Michael Casserly
Executive Director
Council of the Great City Schools

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