Manzano Named Flagship School of GRAD Partnership – Albuquerque Public Schools

Job : October 19, 2022

Manzano named flagship school of the GRAD partnership

The GRAD Partnership is a collaborative effort of nine organizations, working with districts and schools nationwide to empower them to graduate all future-ready students.

The GRAD partnership joins schools and communities to create a national movement that harnesses the power of predictive data, personalized support, and evidence-based practices to meet the needs of every student.

After a long period of consultation and engagement with partners, the GRAD partnership is developing a definition of student success systems.

“Given the work Manzano has undertaken during its pilot year, we are thrilled to name Manzano High School as our first GRAD Partnership flagship school,” Patricia Balana, Executive Director of the GRAD Partnership, wrote in a letter to Manzano director Rachel Vigil. and his team.

After spending time in Manzano recently, Balana wrote, “It was an uplifting experience for our team, many of whom have worked with schools and districts for many years. We were honored to witness first-hand work hand and thrilled to meet students, educators, and community groups, all clearly working together and so creatively in the pursuit of student success.”

What does this mean for Manzano?

Manzano will be highlighted as a The school Spotlight on the GRAD partnership on their website and cited in some ongoing outreach efforts with other school communities. This will include a short video of school leaders describing the system and continuous improvement efforts.

Manzano will also be a connection point for other schools and will be part of the GRAD Partnership Spotlight Schools network. The school will be shared and highlighted with partners and national organizations.

Why Manzano High School?

Manzano engaged in the Finish the Job project supported by the AT&T Aspire Foundation during the 2021-2022 school year.

Eight APS staff members (Rachel Vigil, San Juan Mendoza, Jessica Dinsmore, Elgenia Stark, Michael Mendoza, Debbie Medina, Chris Welsh, and Melissa Johns) earned Early Warning Systems Coordinator certification from the Everyone Graduates Center from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

During this project, Manzano was identified as an exemplary site for the design of an early warning system based on the commitment and level of implementation during the project as well as the positive impacts on the results. of students by Talent Development Secondary, the organization that facilitated Finish the Job and certification. projects.

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