For Immediate Release:  October 17, 2005



Secretary García to Speak at Three Statewide Conferences about School and Community Partnerships


Santa Fe--The Public Education Department and the Center for RelationaLearning announce that three statewide conferences dealing with school/community partnerships will be hosted during the month of October. These two-day conferences, entitled “Better Together: Developing Community School Leadership”, will be hosted by the Center for RelationaLearning and the Public Education Department.


They will take place at the following locations:

·        Albuquerque, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center – Oct. 20th & 21st

·        Ruidoso Convention Center – Oct. 24th & 25th

·        Santa Fe, Radisson Hotel – Oct. 26th & 27th


Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García said, “schools and communities must work together to improve the quality of education for New Mexico’s kids. I believe these conferences will help educational and community leaders build strong partnerships between parents, schools and community agencies.”


“This interactive two-day workshop will focus on the issues involved in developing schools that actively engage with their communities,” says Dr. George Otero, Director of the Center for RelationaLearning. “Participants will explore ways in which schools and community agencies, such as local businesses, health clinics, social service organizations, before and after school programs, might work together to close New Mexico’s achievement gap.” 


Workshop highlights include keynotes by Dr. Veronica Garcia and prominent international educator John West-Burnham. Topics to be covered include:

·        developing effective relationships: building social capital

·        the role of educational leadership in the community

·        closing the achievement gap through community school initiatives

·        international perspectives on community education

·        community conversations: the key to change 


For more information about this conference, contact the Center for RelationaLearning at 505-983-1469 or visit