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Education Speaker Series

Monthly, July 2018–March 2019, 12:00–2:00pm

The Purpose of the Education Speaker Series is to convene regularly a cross-sector “study group” of New Mexican leaders/influencers who are willing to invest personal time and effort to learn about and work toward a long-term vision for education in the state. We are inviting key leaders in business, education, and the nonprofit sector, as well as key policymakers in the legislative and executive branches.

The series is hosted by LANL Foundation, Santa Fe Community Foundation, and Thornburg Foundation.

The Approach is a series of lunch discussions with national and local experts about the implications for New Mexico of findings about the characteristics of high-performing education systems around the world, as reported in, No Time to Lose: How to Build a World-Class Education System, State by State, created by the National Conference on State Legislatures. Last year, the NM Legislative Education Study Committee used this report as a framework to discuss potential improvements to education in our state. Series speakers include experts in their fields who will discuss concepts, review research evidence, and provide examples of where the ideas have led to successful models. Along with a national speaker, each lunch will also feature a New Mexico speaker and a moderator local context and experience. Time is reserved at the end of each session for question from the group.

According to the No Time to Lose report, international studies find that high performing education systems have the following in common: 1) Children come to school ready to learn, and extra support is given to struggling students so that all have the opportunity to achieve high standards, 2) a reimagined and professionalized teacher workforce, 3) robust career and technical education programs, and 4) a comprehensive, aligned system of education.

Location: Thornburg Investment Management, 2300 North Ridgetop Road, Santa Fe
Each session is from 12:00–2:00PM and includes lunch.

Over the nine-month series, the following topics will be explorted. Details are currently being confirmed. Click each title for speaker bios, session notes and videos as they become available.


Session I. Monday, June 11, 2018
Can New Mexico Build a High Performing Education System for a Changing World?

National Speaker: Michelle Exstrom, Group Director, Education, National Conference on State Legislatures
Local Context Speaker: Senator Mimi Stewart, NM State Legislature
Moderator: Jeannie Oakes, former Presidential Professor in Educational Equity at UCLA, former Director of Education and Scholarship at the Ford Foundation


Session II. Wednesday, July 18, 2018
The New Fundamentals: What Science Tells Us About Learning, Brain Development, and Motivation

National Speaker: Melina Uncapher, Executive Director, Institute for Applied Neurology; Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology at Neurospace, University of California San Francisco
Local Context Speaker: Cindy Montoya, President, New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA), Art Institute
Moderator: Kersti Tyson, Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, and Policy (TEELP), University of New Mexico


Session III. Thursday, August 9, 2018
Early Childhood: The Science Behind and Importance of Early Brain Development

National Speaker: Amelia Bachleda, Outreach and Education Specialist, The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS), University of Washington
Local Context Speaker: Anna Marie Garcia, Early Childhood Program Director, LANL Foundation
Moderator: Jennifer Sallee, Director of the Early Childhood Center of Excellence, Santa Fe Community College


Session IV. Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Equity from the Get Go: Giving All Students a Fair Shot

National Speaker: Pedro Noguera,  Professor Emeritus, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
Local Context Speaker: Kara Bobroff, Founding Principal and Executive Director at Native American Community Academy
Moderator: Gwen Perea Warniment, K–12 Program Director, LANL Foundation


Session V. October 23, 2018
Trauma: Informing How Trauma Impacts Learning in New Mexico

National Speaker: David Osher, Vice President and Institute Fellow at the American Institutes for Research
Local Context Speaker: Craig Pierce, PhD, LMFT, LPCC; Founder & President of the Southwest Family Guidance Center & Institute 
Moderator: Katherine Ortega Courtney, author, Director of Collective Impact Initiatives at Santa Fe Community Foundation


Session VI. Thursday, November 15, 2018
Building a World Class Education Profession

National Speaker: Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University
Local Context Speaker: Dr. Karen Trujillo, Interim Associate Dean of Research for the College of Education at New Mexico State University
Moderator: TBD


Session VII. Thursday, December 13, 2018
Innovative Practices for Engaged Learning

National Speaker: Jal Mehta, Associate Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Local Context Speaker: TBD
Moderator: TBD


Session VIII. Monday, January 14, 2019
Coherent Pathways that Include Rigorous Career and Technical Education

National Speaker: Gary Hoachlander, President of ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career
Local Context Speaker: TBD
Moderator: TBD


Session IX. February or March, 2019
Taking a Systems Approach

National Speaker: TBD
Local Context Speaker: TBD
Moderator: TBD