24 episodes

For decades, New Mexico has ranked at or near the bottom in education, a reality we have become far too comfortable with. But we know the story doesn’t end there. All across our state incredible leaders, educators and parents are working to improve our education system and New Mexico Rising will feature their stories. Each episode will feature an interview with someone leading great work in New Mexico’s education system. Join us as we come together as a community and write a new story for New Mexico students with a steadfast optimism that we can and must do better for our children.

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For decades, New Mexico has ranked at or near the bottom in education, a reality we have become far too comfortable with. But we know the story doesn’t end there. All across our state incredible leaders, educators and parents are working to improve our education system and New Mexico Rising will feature their stories. Each episode will feature an interview with someone leading great work in New Mexico’s education system. Join us as we come together as a community and write a new story for New Mexico students with a steadfast optimism that we can and must do better for our children.

    School Transformation (with Principal Kim Finke)

    School Transformation (with Principal Kim Finke)

    Kimberly Finke, APS principal, joins Amanda for a conversation about her experience “transforming” Whittier Elementary School after it was identified as one of the four worst schools in New Mexico. Kim discusses what she’s learned from her experiences in schools within and outside of APS and the systems utilized in strong schools. She also shares her thoughts on whether or not there is hope for New Mexico schools. 

    In this episode, we debut our new “Questions from the Field” segment! Have a question for us? Submit it here.

    • 49 min
    Don’t Close Doors for Your Child (with Angela Lopez)

    Don’t Close Doors for Your Child (with Angela Lopez)

    Angela Lopez, Field Director for Public Charter Schools of New Mexico joins Amanda for a conversation about school enrollment season. It’s never too early to consider all the options for your child’s education next school year. Amanda and Angela discuss enrollment timelines for charter schools, magnet schools and even some private schools. Tune in to learn more about how to find the school that is best for your child!



    Check out the Public Charter Schools of New Mexico School Finder: https://publiccharterschoolsofnewmexico.org/find-a-school/



    Want help learning about your charter school options? Contact Angela by emailing: info@pcsnm.org. 

    • 51 min
    Our Students Are Counting on Us (with Dr. Gabriella Durán Blakey)

    Our Students Are Counting on Us (with Dr. Gabriella Durán Blakey)

    Newly named Superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools, Dr. Gabriella Durán Blakey joins us for a conversation just days after she was announced as superintendent of New Mexico’s largest school district. Dr. Blakey shares more about her history in teaching in Washington and New Mexico, opening a charter school and her goals for the district in her new role. 



    Follow along with APS at aps.edu.

    • 40 min
    Making Our Hopes, Our Reality (with Secretary Arsenio Romero)

    Making Our Hopes, Our Reality (with Secretary Arsenio Romero)

    New Mexico Secretary of Education, Dr. Arsenio Romero returns to the studio for a timely conversation about the Public Education Department’s priorities for the legislative session. Amanda and Secretary discuss the need for continued implementation of structured literacy across the Land of Enchantment and the Governor’s goals for literacy in New Mexico. 

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    Want to learn more about the APS superintendent hiring process, submit a question for the finalists, or get the details for the upcoming community events on January 30? Check out the APS website for all the information, or submit your questions here.

    • 44 min
    The Opportunity Myth (with Kristin Algier)

    The Opportunity Myth (with Kristin Algier)

    Kristin Algier, partner at national education nonprofit, TNTP joins Amanda to talk about the Opportunity Myth. What’s the opportunity myth you ask? Listen in to find out and hear Kristin and Amanda discuss how to improve classroom instruction across New Mexico schools. We talk about the bright spots and the challenges in ensuring every New Mexico student has access to grade appropriate assignments, strong instruction, deep engagement and teachers with high expectations. 

    Read the Opportunity Myth report here: https://opportunitymyth.tntp.org/

    • 55 min
    Free, Public & Open to All (with Matthew Pahl)

    Free, Public & Open to All (with Matthew Pahl)

    Matthew Pahl, Executive Director of Public Charter Schools of New Mexico, joins us for a conversation about the state’s charter schools. Matt and Amanda discuss some recent polling data demonstrating what New Mexicans think about charter schools and Matt does some myth busting about charter schools. We also dive into the upcoming charter enrollment season! Tune in to learn more about charter schools and get some tips on how to navigate charter school lotteries! 

    Check out the Public Charter Schools of New Mexico School Finder here: https://publiccharterschoolsofnewmexico.org/find-a-school/

    Follow PCSNM on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/PCSNewMexico

    • 45 min

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The work Amanda and her team are doing is so timely and will make such an impact of NM. The podcast is a great glimpse into what is happing at a grassroots level in education in this state. Listen and get involved!

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