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Superintendent's News

Posted: November 4, 2022

Join the Conversation: A Message from Supt. Elder

In his weekly message to employees, Superintendent Scott Elder encourages employees to take part in the Board of Education's community conversations.

On behalf of the APS Board of Education, I would like to invite you to attend one or more community conversations to share your thoughts about the education of our students.

The board is hosting five public listening sessions over the next few weeks, beginning at Rio Grande High School on Wednesday, Nov. 9. During these evening get-togethers, community members, including employees like you, will be asked to share their vision for Albuquerque Public Schools. In small groups, participants will focus on a couple of topics: 

  • What do you want our students to know and be able to do during and after their time with us?
  • What should the district avoid or not do as we work to improve student outcomes? 

We all know that school districts like ours exist to improve student outcomes –. what they know or are able to do. We also know our current practices haven’t always produced the best results. We want more of our students to be proficient in math and reading, attend school regularly, stay in our schools, and graduate with their peers. 

Student outcomes won’t change until adult behaviors change. So, our Board of Education has committed to shifting to a more effective governance practice – a new way of doing business.

That starts with sitting down with members of our community to truly engage and understand their expectations and vision for the students of Albuquerque Public Schools. 

I encourage you to attend one of these public listening events. Your participation will prove valuable as someone who works on behalf of the students and families of APS.

And please pass on the invitation to your students’ families, your neighbors and your friends – anyone who has a stake in the education and future of our students.

The sessions will take place in all quadrants of the city. They all begin at 6 p.m.:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Rio Grande High School
  • Monday, Nov. 14, at Eldorado High School
  • Thursday, Nov. 17, at Jefferson Middle School
  • Thursday, Dec. 1, at Cibola High School
  • Monday, Dec. 5, at Albuquerque High School (an all-Spanish session) 

Our board is eager to engage with the community. Won’t you join the conversation?