Next Governing Board Meeting is Tuesday 2/18/2014

ACE Leadership High School Governing Council will host a Board Meeting – February 18, 2014 at 5:00pm and will be held at ACE Leadership High School located at 800 – B 20th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104. **********************AGENDA**************************** 1. OPENING ITEMS: VOTE – APPROVE MINUTES FROM January 21, 2014 BOARD MEETING • Motion to approve minutes from the January 21, 2013 Board … [Read more...]

In Albuquerque, A Charter School that Recruits Drop-Outs?

Below is a link to a blog written by Anthony Cody, a member of the national faculty of the Buck Institute of Education who was on campus about a month ago with the rest of the national faculty team. I was pleasantly surprised upon reading this because  it does a thoughtful job of highlighting the middle space that we occupy in the education policy arena. I have been frustrated by the politics … [Read more...]

What would Tony do? by Marika Shioiri-Clark, Fellow at IDEO.org

Project Summary: IDEO.org is working with the Architecture, Construction & Engineering (ACE) Leadership School to understand the role of community engagement and consider new ways the school might improve and systematize feedback loops between itself and the Albuquerque community. Story Title: What Would Tony Do? Story Summary: IDEO.org Fellow Marika Shioiri-Clark describes a new … [Read more...]

Prelude to the Future: “March Madness” at ACE Leadership

Anticipation Was it more like the Final Four of March Madness or a roller coaster ride at Six Flags? There were lots of students with sweaty palms as if they were about to hurl down a fifty foot drop. However, I think it was probably more like the queasy stomach they might get before playing before thousands of screaming fans. It was “Exhibition” week at ACE Leadership High School, and after … [Read more...]

The New Mexico Center for School Leadership is launched

On February 17, we launched the New Mexico Center for School Leadership, Networking and Redesign. Our first formal activity was to host all of the new New Mexico charter school applicants for two days to help them imagine the most innovative solutions to design challenges they face. We were heartened by our guests’ passion for finding new answers to sticky problems faced by our public schools. … [Read more...]

Are You a Learning Organization?

“Will the students at your school be better off than the students who attend other schools in your community?” You should not start a school unless you can answer “yes” to this question. However, the truth is that new schools have little to go on when they make predictions about their future performance. Also, unless they make a deliberate plan to learn success, predictions will be crap shoot. I … [Read more...]

Ice Cream for Dinner

I have been reading a lot about the future of Career and Technical Education (CTE) lately and I must say that I do not understand where this sector of our public education system is headed. Maybe that is because I don’t know much about that world from personal experience. I never took shop in high school and the “Industrial Arts” classrooms were in a different wing of the comprehensive high school … [Read more...]

Sizer Fellow Update

Dear Friends, A few months ago I was invited to be in the first class of Sizer Fellows by the Forum for Education and Democracy and I just returned home from my first meeting with the three other school leaders from around the country.  This is a particular honor for me because Ted Sizer was a luminary in education reform and his ideas have influenced many educators from around the country.  He … [Read more...]