MathAmigos Meets COVID Challenges

Sarah Cheney/ June 26, 2020/ K-12 Education

With the emergence of COVID-19, MathAmigos has had to rethink how to offer innovative strategies to Santa Fe’s public elementary school teachers and come up with creative ways to reach Santa Fe’s public school children so they can experience the joys of learning math. Beginning in March, MathAmigos (a collaborative working group of Opportunity Santa Fe) has pivoted away from

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Rallying together to Distribute 1,000 Learning Kits

Sarah Cheney/ June 26, 2020/ K-12 Education, Uncategorized

Since the school closures in mid-March, nonprofits, teachers, and volunteers in our community have banded together to support students, families, and the Santa Fe Public School system through the Santa Fe Community Educators Network (SFCEN). The Community Educators Network is a group of educators from nonprofits in Santa Fe who have met monthly for more than six years to share

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Stories with Math

OSF Team/ February 28, 2020/ K-12 Education

Remember elementary school math? How you slogged through the times table, struggled with story problems and generally dreaded the whole thing? Since the beginning of MathAmigos, its members who focused their professional lives in math, remembered that experience and asked themselves: “Why shouldn’t kids love math?” Members of MathAmigos know that math can be fun, interesting and exciting.  But, how

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Quests Aren’t Just for Fairy Tales: How ‘Reading is Magic’ is Improving Santa Fe Literacy

OSF Team/ April 25, 2019/ K-12 Education

By Perli Cunanan, Amy Miller, Rayna Dineen | The Reading Group Victor, a second grade student, could not read at all and felt badly about himself. He had become convinced that he was just stupid. Embarrassed, he didn’t want his classmates to know that he couldn’t read. He was beginning to give up on school. Victor’s teacher realized he needed

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How Out-of-School-Time Creates Stronger Students

OSF Team/ April 25, 2019/ K-12 Education

By Dana Greenblatt | Out of School Engagement for In Class Success, Santa Fe Community Educators Network As the afternoon sun hangs over late season sunflowers and ripe tomatoes at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, local elementary school students are deeply engaged in harvesting the summer’s abundant crop. Under the guidance of Cooking with Kids! and Santa Fe Botanical Garden

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Why Soft Skills Are the Key to Growing Santa Fe’s Economy

OSF Team/ February 20, 2019/ K-12 Education, Post Secondary

Guest Blog: Jamai Blivin | CEO of Innovate+Educate | February 20, 2019 A recent survey of over 130 Santa Fe employers revealed the strongest need in the workplace is for “soft” skills. Sometimes called “professional skills” or “21st century skills,” soft skills include communication, critical thinking, customer service, adaptability, and leadership—competencies needed in 90 percent of jobs across the globe. Yet

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How Mentorship Can Change Our Economic Future

OSF Team/ January 24, 2019/ K-12 Education, Post Secondary

Guest Blog: Todd Lopez | Director, Inspire Santa Fe | January 24, 2019 Most young people have never had a mentor and, as a society, too often we leave the opportunity for mentoring relationships to chance. City of Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber has embarked on a bold goal. Within four years, the City has pledged to provide an adult mentor

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It Takes More Than a Village, It Takes a Community

OSF Team/ December 13, 2018/ K-12 Education

by Sarah Raine Cheney | AmeriCorps VISTA, Team Leader | December 13, 2018 We are familiar with the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child.” While it may be cliche, it holds a lot of truth. One of Santa Fe’s strengths as a community is our “village ability”. At Opportunity Santa Fe we see people and organizations coming together

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