Our Students Strengths and Struggles

Sarah Raine Cheney, AmeriCorps VISTA | October 18, 2017 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 …

The Interfaith Coalition for Public Education Needs You!

Guest Blog: Lynn Heffron and Lynn Bickley | October 13, 2017 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 …

Group Activity: How do we learn?

Exploring How to Learn

Sarah Raine Cheney, AmeriCorps VISTA | October 5, 2017 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 …

Alishiya Kapoor’s End of Service Reflections

Alishiya Kapoor | August 31, 2017 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 …

Summer Fun with the Santa Fe Community Educators

August 3, 2017 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 …

Bright Spot: Extended Learning Programs a Growing Focus in Santa Fe

By: Alishiya Kapoor | June 22, 2017 The importance of high-quality after-school and summer programming is well understood. This is particularly important during the summer months, as many students experience the “Summer Slide” – see video below. Fortunately, high-quality after-school and summer programming – also referred to as extended learning programs – have been a growing focus here in Santa Fe.  For …