Step Up for Quality - Fall into Place Conference 2013 +
The 2013 Fall Into Place Conference was held November 8 & 9 at the Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was a collaborative project of the New Mexico Public Education Department, the New Mexico Afterschool Alliance, 21st Century Community Learning Centers New Mexico Department of Health, New Mexico PBS, New Mexico Educators Credit Union and Albuquerque Public Schools to educate and engage New Mexico afterschool providers and equip them with local resources and the latest best practices. Kesselman-Jones, Inc. was contracted as the Conference Management Firm for the event. A woman-owned, award-winning firm, Kesselman-Jones, Inc. is the largest and most respected conference management service provider in New Mexico and was founded on the principle that the work a company provides should support the wellbeing of its community.
The Fall into Place conference trained 140 individuals who worked for an afterschool program including site staff, site coordinators and program directors. The day was split between traditional breakout sessions, which delivered data, and activity sessions, which focused on the delivery of activities for implementation in attendees’ programs. The day also featured a keynote presentation by Dr. Sara Otto-Diniz from the University of New Mexico Art Museum. Dr. Otto-Diniz discussed incorporating the arts into STEM programs, a new national trend in education. The event included a half-day preconference concentrated on exploring the New Mexico Afterschool Alliance Quality Afterschool Standards as well as the NM Afterschool Alliance membership meeting and breakfast. Additional resources were provided by exhibiting organizations and partners in the community. …
Lights on 2013 Thank You from RGEC +
Dear Parents and Families,
We just wanted to take the opportunity to thank all the families who attended our Luminarias for Literacy event! We enjoyed a beautiful autumn evening including a magnificent full moon over the Bosque and river which created such a magical image along with the hundreds of luminaries lining the Rio Grande River Bridge. What a great night it was!
We also hope this event projected a light on literacy and its importance in our children's education. We hope parents and children alike enjoyed themselves; showing them how reading can be fun and enjoyable so that good habits are developed and followed in their young lives, supporting positive educational experiences.
Lights OFF to celebrate... Lights On! October 17, 2013 +
On October 17th, 1 million Americans came together all over the country, for the nation’s largest rally for afterschool programs at more than 8,000 events worldwide... celebrating Lights On Afterschool. Children in hundreds of programs are coloring images of light bulbs and decorating their programs with their artwork to tout the importance of afterschool enrichment. At Children’s Choice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, we wanted to celebrate this event, learn about science, and kick things up a notch by doing a Lights OFF Afterschool project.