May 5, 2005
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Jennifer Chavez
Public Information Officer
(505) 476-0393

PED Hosts Conference To Revitalize
Educational Plans for Student Success

( Santa Fe, NM)— May 5 th and 6 th, 2005 the Priority Schools Bureau of the Public Education Department will be sponsoring a technical assistance conference entitled, “All Kids Can.” The aim of the conference is to align districts and schools with the State requirements for educational plans for student success (EPSS) and overall district strategic plans. All superintendents as well as principals at schools in need of improvement will attend.


Secretary Veronica C. García said, “The educational plan for student success (EPSS) is an important strategic planning tool designed to focus the work of the district and provide guidance for their schools. In order to close the achievement gap in New Mexico, we must ensure that we are focused on continuous improvement and that we are utilizing the EPSS to implement and evaluate strategies that meet the holistic needs of students while maintaining rigor in the classroom.”

The theme of the conference “All Kids Can” will permeate all the planned activities. Highlights of the conference include:


  • May 5 th, 2005 9:00 am Secretary Veronica C. García Welcome Address
  • May 5 th, 2005 9:20 am Ruby Payne, National Keynote Speaker

Author of Bridges Out of Poverty

  • May 6 th, 2005 9:00 am Dr. Steve Preskill, UNM, Keynote Speaker

“All Children Can be Successful”


Presentations by New Mexico School Superintendents and other Administrators who piloted the universal EPSS Template include:


  • Los Lunas Priscilla Fernandez
  • Gadsden Yvonne Lozano
  • Albuquerque Dr. Elizabeth Everitt