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The Albuquerque Public Schools Academic Master Plan: A Guide for Educators

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Goals and Priorities

Learning Zones

Letter of Introduction

"The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."

Malcolm X

Public education is all about life lessons. Classroom lessons on reading, writing, problem-solving. Social lessons on listening, collaborating, personal responsibility. Physical lessons on movement, self-confidence, risk-taking. Cultural lessons on respect, acceptance, relationship-building. 

As educators – and by educator, we mean anyone who touches the lives of students – it is our responsibility to guide students through all of these life lessons so that they graduate with the skills, knowledge, and ability to succeed in a highly competitive and rapidly changing world.

But what is guiding the educators?

That’s the purpose of the Albuquerque Public Schools Academic Master Plan, a roadmap for reshaping current teaching, learning, classroom experiences and schools to fulfill the needs of a future generation.

The Academic Master Plan will guide us during the coming years as we serve the whole child. Students who have needs and values; who crave knowledge and acceptance; who struggle with self-regulation, self-confidence, and self-identity. They are ours – every single one of them. They are at the core of what we love about New Mexico, Albuquerque, our communities, neighborhoods, and families. 

These students with their individual personalities, wants and needs also are at the center of the Academic Master Plan, which is being designed to help us provide our students with these all-important life lessons.  

This is their plan. And yours, too.

It is an organic blueprint developed with much input from those who have a stake in public education – teachers, social workers, counselors, principals and others in schools as well as parents, community members, business owners, even students themselves. We asked the public to imagine what skills, attitudes and characteristics a future graduate will need to be successful, and then come up with a plan for schools and the district as a whole to help students reach that level of success. The conversations were wide-ranging and are reflected in the plan.

Now that we have a clearer vision for making our schools high quality and community-responsive, it is time to share these initial results and put the plan in action, keeping in mind that the Academic Master Plan will continue to evolve. We’ll continue to update it as it progresses, and we welcome comments and suggestions as we implement this plan for student success.