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APS Hosts Second Tribal Summit

Tribal leaders from across the state discussed collaboration efforts to connect more directly with students and teachers.

Albuquerque Public Schools Indian Education Department and Office of Equity and Engagement held the second tribal summit to discuss education of Native American Students. Leaders from across the state and Albuquerque area were on hand on Tuesday, April 28, for the meeting.

“We are continuing to listen and gather input from our Native American Leaders on what we can continue to do to improve the educational opportunities for our students,” said APS Interim Superintendent Dr. Brad Winter.  “It’s important for us not to only listen but to inform them about the educational achievement and our current plan for Native American students.”

The leaders were able to hear the latest academic performance data of Native American students put together in a report by the APS Research and Evaluation Department.

“Our Native American students are making gains but we need to focus our efforts on continuing to support and keeping the dialogue open,” said APS Indian Education Director Daisy Thompson. “We need to ensure that our educational opportunities are culturally relevant.”

“We continue to provide a space where we can have two-way conversations about tough issues,” said APS Chief Equity and Engagement Officer Joseph Escobedo.  “The information that continues to be provided is not only helpful but insightful and reminds us that we have much work to be done.”

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