For Immediate Release: February 15, 2019
NM Public Education Department announces funding of three initial high school redesign blueprints in state’s first-ever High School Redesign Network
These high schools are first in the nation to implement redesign as a school transformation pathway under the Every Student Succeeds Act
Santa Fe, NM – Today, Public Education Secretary-Designate Karen Trujillo, Ph.D., announced the three initial high schools to have comprehensive redesign plans approved and funded through New Mexico’s federal Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan.
Nine New Mexico high schools accepted the invitation to participate in the inaugural New Mexico High School Redesign Network—a collaborative effort to support the state’s high schools in raising their graduation rates. The ultimate objective of the High School Redesign Network is to prepare all New Mexico students for postsecondary success by thinking creatively and innovatively about the structures, systems, and practices that our educators influence every day.
“This program is founded on the belief that as New Mexicans and passionate educators we stand ready to elevate our state’s unique assets and resources to surmount our unique challenges, all while maintaining a high bar for college-and-career-ready preparation,” said Public Education Secretary-Designate Karen Trujillo.
The Public Education Department is working in close partnership with the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University on the high school redesign initiative. According to Dr. Robert Balfanz of the Everyone Graduates Center: “New Mexico is leading the way in a cross-state high school redesign initiative and is the first state to have schools move from the redesign to the implementation phase of the work.” Leaders from Johns Hopkins and several other states will travel to New Mexico in May to learn with and from the three initial funded schools and the Public Education Department’s Priority Schools Bureau.
New Mexico has designated $4 million in federal funds for the nine high schools through 2021, as part of the state’s overall investment in supporting schools to improve outcomes for students, families, and communities. The High School Redesign Network focuses on student-centered design, meaningful and rigorous curricula, targeted professional learning for teachers, and ongoing high-impact support around individualized, evidence-based implementation plans built upon extensive stakeholder engagement.
NM PED announced funding of the following schools’ redesign blueprints:
|District Name||School Name|
|Albuquerque Public Schools||Health Leadership High School|
|Farmington Municipal Schools||Rocinante High School|
|Gallup McKinley County Schools||Miyamura High School|
For more information, please contact Hannah Peria at firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 470-4749.
Deputy Director, Priority Schools
New Mexico Public Education Department