Professional Development

Transcend School Design Collaborative

Since our founding, Excellent Schools New Mexico has focused on backing educators who aim to design transformational schools that provide unlimited opportunities for all students. To help catalyze this work, we launched the School Design Collaborative in partnership with Transcend, a nonprofit organization that supports school communities to create and spread extraordinary, equitable learning environments.

Beginning in early 2019, we embarked on a six-month journey with teams of educators from five public schools across the state to help these educators reimagine and redesign their schools. This experience included three in-person convenings, several “Inspiration Visits” to schools and other learning organizations, one-on-one coaching, and the opportunity to pilot and test an on-campus signature school experience.

Excellent Schools New Mexico covered the cost for all five teams of educators to participate in this intensive, collaborative opportunity.

"This collaborative is helping me find the passion I had when I first started teaching and motivating me to think bigger and bolder for the future of education. I have not felt this hopeful about my abilities to enact systemic change as an educator in a long time and am so thankful that someone is helping to do this necessary work to reimagine education and that I get to be a part of it. I my opinion, everyone in education needs this experience!"

School Design Collaborative Participant

  • Investment Date: 2019
  • Type of Investment: High-impact professional development
  • Students Impacted: 2,100+ New Mexico students across five public schools

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