Race Equity and Implicit Bias Trainings

Sarah Cheney, AmeriCorps VISTA On October 20th and 21st, the Mentoring and Tutoring Collaborative hosted two Race Equity and Implicit Bias trainings, led by Sarah Silva of PICO National. The most important takeaway I came with was tone. When you approach topics like racism and inequality you won’t gain much support if you’re angry and defensive. But if you approach …

Ready to Read: The Reading Group’s First Event!

Adria Winfield, AmeriCorps VISTA The Reading Group, a Birth to Career Collaborative Working Group, held its first public event, Santa Fe’s Ready to Read, on Saturday, October 14th.   Young readers visited the Santa Fe Railyard from 5 to 7 pm, where they had the opportunity to practice their literacy skills with an audience of mini horses, provided by My Little Horse …

Our Students Strengths and Struggles

Sarah Raine Cheney, AmeriCorps VISTA Starting on September 21st the Santa Fe Mentoring and Tutoring Collaborative (SFMT) began hosting weekly, Thursday night workshops with Kathryn Ugoretz; Our Students Strengths and Struggles.   Before becoming a VISTA I worked closely with several children in the Santa Fe area and someday I hope to be able to do so again. What’s been …

The Interfaith Coalition for Public Education Needs You!

Learn more about a great tutoring program here in Santa Fe! ​The Interfaith Coalition for Public Education, a network of concerned community members dedicated to improving outcomes in Santa Fe Public Schools, welcomes volunteers interested in elementary, middle, or high school classroom tutoring. Formed in 2012, the Interfaith Coalition recruited over 50 volunteers from our faith communities in its first year. Presently Coalition …

Breakthrough tutoring session

Breakthrough Santa Fe

Learn more about a great tutoring program here in Santa Fe! Breakthrough Santa Fe is a college-access and preparedness program that helps prepare students in the Santa Fe area for a college education. We work closely with the Santa Fe Public Schools to identify motivated 6th graders who will need our support to make it to college. These students then …

National Tutoring Week Reflection

Molly Timmins, AmeriCorps VISTA In honor of National Tutoring Week, I would like to recognize a tutor who had a huge impact on my life. When I arrived at college, I was terrified that I would be taking calculus. Math had been my worst subject in high school and my math teachers would tell me I was smart and should …

Group Activity: How do we learn?

Exploring How to Learn

Sarah Raine Cheney, AmeriCorps VISTA Starting on September 21st, the Santa Fe Mentoring and Tutoring Collaborative (SFMT) began hosting weekly, Thursday night workshops with Kathryn Ugoretz. Kathryn has been an educator for 26 years and she specializes in reading, writing, and executive function. She has created this workshop series specifically to fit SFMT’s needs. The first session was on improving …

Truancy - A2A 2016-2017 Data

In Santa Fe: Progress in Addressing Truancy

At SFPS, we know the importance of attendance as it relates to student achievement, graduation, career readiness and overall success. This year we are trying to encourage a systemic approach, working alongside our students, parents and community members. It is of great benefit to all to have our students in school and engaging in their education. Over the past year, …

Alishiya Kapoor’s End of Service Reflections

This past year as an AmeriCorps VISTA who works in an indirect service capacity after coming from my three years of full-time direct service was a very new experience for me. I worked with two Collaborative Working Groups focused on extended learning: Santa Fe Community Educators Network (SFCEN) and Collaborative Working Group on Extended Learning. Both groups have taught me a …

Summer Fun with the Santa Fe Community Educators

NetworkCollaboration at its finest. Summer of 2017 brought about a successful partnership in summer programing! The City’s Summer Youth Program, partnered with the Santa Fe Community Educators Network (SFCEN) to provide enrichment programming at Sweeney Elementary, one of the Summer Youth Program sites. Partner organizations of SFCEN each chose a week to provide 2-3 hours of programming every day at Sweeney Elementary. Each week, two organizations took a group of 25 kids ages 9-12 to do activities. These activities included field trips …