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Posted: October 19, 2018

Good Teaching & Learning Make the Year Fly By

Superintendent Reedy's weekly message.

Alamosa ES is the recipient of this year's Guhl Literacy Award.

Alamosa ES is the recipient of this year's Guhl Literacy Award.

We are already a fourth of the way through the school year. Can you believe it?

I think the reason this year is going by so quickly is all of the great work occurring in our classrooms, on our campuses, in our offices.

Students aren’t bored. They are engaged. Teaching isn’t rote and repetitive. It’s visionary. Support staff – everyone from secretaries to maintenance workers to central office administrators  – are going above and beyond to make sure educators have what they need to help students succeed.   

And it’s paying off. Students are learning and achieving, and having fun along the way. Don’t take my word for it. Walk through the halls and peek in the classrooms of any one of our 143 schools and you will be impressed with the activity, the excitement, the commitment you see.

Education has come a long way since I first entered the profession more than four decades ago. We now have a better understanding of how students learn. We appreciate diversity and different learning styles. We celebrate individuality and varying experiences and points of view. We have incredible tools to support our goals from Chromebooks to Promethean boards to high-tech calculators and apps.

We also have a lot of support, from our families, local businesses, non-profits, other agencies and, of course, our own Education Foundation. 

While in the midst of our annual United Way campaign, I have to give a shout out to the Foundation, which does so much for the students and staff of Albuquerque Public Schools.

The APS Education Foundation, a non-profit organization established to promote support of the district and its students, has placed more than $2.5 million into classrooms and schools across the district. It provided more than half a million dollars in grants just last school year!

Those grants help students learn and teachers teach. Over the years, they have helped pay for new musical instruments, art supplies, improved technology, after-school activities, competitions, STEM (and STEAM and STEALTH) labs, reading programs, science and engineering projects, bilingual programs. The list goes on and on. The grants range from $1,000 to up to $35,000 and go to individual teachers, teams, programs and entire schools.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Foundation announced the recipients of two of its larger grants – the Guhl Literacy Award and the Success Award.

The Guhl Literacy Award, which fosters innovation to advance student literacy, went to Alamosa Elementary School in support of its Spreading the Seed of Love for Reading project. The $35,000 grant will allow the school to purchase new books for all grade levels in both English and Spanish and to create reading corners and nooks with furniture that invite students and parents to stay and read.

Grant Middle School received a $15,000 Success Award for its What I Need (WIN) Groups project to support students who are functioning below grade level in English language arts and math based on test scores.

The Career Enrichment Center also received a $15,000 Success Award to implement their Virtual Reality Learning Lab project, a lab space where students can explore real world issues and created experiences to further their understanding in science and social studies. This lab will be available to students districtwide. 

Congratulations to the latest recipients of Foundation awards. There will be many more to come this school year. 

All of these grant recipients, and the Foundation as a whole, are emblematic of the wonderful things that are happening in our schools. The kind of great teaching, learning and support that makes a school year fly by. 

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