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Individual APS zones creating partnerships to help students

Erica Zucco
December 01, 2017 06:48 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – This year, Albuquerque Public Schools created “learning zones,” separating the 84,000-student district into four regions to focus on pupils’ different needs.

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Now, zone leaders are building on connections with neighborhood programs to help those students get what they need to learn.

On Wednesday, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Community Schools Partnership – which works on ways to unite education, health and social services for common goals – hosted a bus tour for school leaders and local community agencies, in order to find ways to work together and build on existing partnerships that serve New Mexico families.

“Activities to keep our youth engaged in their communities,” said Gabriella Blakey, associate superintendent for Learning Zone 1. “Health care access for families and students, access to food, clothing – all of the things there to support our families so that the kids can perform in school and be focused on their education.”

The attendees learned about existing programs like Homework Diner, and met other local professionals and nonprofits working to make students’ lives better. The idea is that when a principal needs to connect families with resources, they have a start for where to look; and if they want to work on a program with another local group, they know about what already exists.

“(It’s all about) how to better connect to create really mutually beneficial partnerships to help our students and families succeed,” said Danette Townsend, of the ABC Community School Partnership.

APS created learning zones to keep its 84,000 student district whole while addressing the needs of different geographic areas. 

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