November 12, 2004
New Mexico First Town Hall Focusing on Statewide High School Initiative To Be Held November 18-20
(Santa Fe, NM)—The Public Education Department (PED) announced today it will hold a three-day Statewide High School Town Hall meeting November 18-20 in Rio Rancho at several locations including: the Chamisa Hills Country Club, the National American University and the Best Western Rio Rancho Inn & Conference Center. New Mexico First will facilitate the Town Hall. (Please see attached schedule for a detailed listing of times and locations.)
Dr. Veronica García, Secretary of Education, said, “This is the first Town Hall on the topic of high school reform being offered in New Mexico and we are eagerly anticipating the suggestions that surface after three days of robust discussions. We recognize that comprehensive reforms will be guided by informed decision-making based on data, research and best practices, however we are looking forward to having students among others at the table for these discussions. Students often provide the first-hand knowledge and out-of-the-box thinking that is so vital for revitalization and change.”
The goal of the Town Hall is to reach consensus on
how New Mexico high schools can provide opportunities for every student
to develop their capabilities for success. “New Mexico, and
the nation, is undergoing unprecedented economic, social and demographic
shifts. The challenge facing education is how to raise its sights
to ensure all students successfully complete high school and are well
prepared for post secondary education and the complexities of the
workforce,” said Dr. García.
Participants will include legislators, students, parents, high school principals, superintendents, higher education representatives, business leaders, tribal leaders and community members. Participants have paid the $200 registration fee and agreed to participate for all three days of the Town Hall. The consensus document that emerges from the Town Hall will be compiled in a full report and made available to the public in December.
Speakers during the Town Hall will include Dr. García and Susan Pimentel of Lilly, Inc., a nationally recognized, non-profit educational consulting firm based in Hanover, NH.
The Schedule is as follows:
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Friday, November 19, 2004
Saturday, November 20, 2004