Teacher preparedness through a different lens

As the summer comes to an end, families are preparing children for the return to school, filling backpacks with school supplies, checking bus schedules, and tending to feelings of anticipation. Educators too are gearing up for the new year ahead of them. I think back on my time in the classroom when I was preparing…

Exploring the Essence of Self

Who are you? What is the nature of the ‘you’ with whom you identify day in and day out as you move through life, probably without a second thought? Much as you may attempt to define yourself by what you do, what you believe, and what you love, do you ever truly get to capture…

Stories of Transformation and Revelation

It’s a bright, brisk January morning when I roll up to the gates of the Thornburg Foundation. I buzz in through a speaker to announce who I am and what I’m doing here at this elegant, imposing office at the edge of Santa Fe. Just so I don’t mess this up, I’ve got the email…

Expanding the El Otro Lado program

Since its incorporation in 1998, the Academy for the Love of Learning has intended for its programs to be accessible to the greater community. The programs at the core of the Academy have become firmly rooted within our home city of Santa Fe, NM, and word has spread. In the last couple of years, organizations…

Helping teachers renew—not reform

A Peek “Under the Hood” of the Institute for Teaching’s Teacher Renewal Institute Every year around this season, as we prepare for the Academy’s annual Teacher Renewal Summer Institute, I can’t help but compare our work to other types of “professional development” for teachers. Though there are many terrific, engaging learning programs for teachers here…

Fostering a Respectful Environment

On Friday, April 28th from 5-8 PM, over 50 mentorship pairs, their family, friends, and the Santa Fe community will gather at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Pavilion to engage one-on-one with both protégés and mentors as they share what they have learned in the fields they care about most: computer coding, electric guitar, basketball, architecture, creative…

Discovering the Power of Story: Monte del Sol

As the El Otro Lado in the Schools program enters spring semester, our teaching artists, teachers, and students are preparing for our 3rd annual community celebration, De Dónde Somos.  We hope you will join us on Friday, April 21, from 5-7:30pm! Everyone comes to the classroom with their own stories and teachers, teaching artists, and…

When Learning Busts out of the Classroom….

Help bring learning to life at the Inspire Santa Fe Citywide Festival! Since 2014, the Academy has worked with local non-profits, schools, the City of Santa Fe, and hundreds of families and volunteers, to facilitate a community learning program called Inspire Santa Fe. Each year, we ask dozens of young people, generally aged 12-19, what…

Discovering the Power of Story: Santa Fe High School

As the El Otro Lado in the Schools program enters spring semester, our teaching artists, teachers, and students are preparing for our 3rd annual community celebration, De Dónde Somos.  We hope you will join us on Friday, April 21, from 5-7:30pm! Everyone comes to the classroom with their own stories and teachers, teaching artists, and…

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