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Fall into Place Conference Notes

Guest Blog from Tyson Ledgerwood of New Mexico's Public Education Department. These are Tyson's thoughts and observations about the NMOST 2022 Fall into Place Conference held during the week of October 17, 2022.

The conference began with Renata lifting her coffee mug to the field as the Lt. Governor expressed his continued stalwart commitment to supporting out-of-school time. May, Jeff, and Sarah were a steady calm presence throughout the conference.

Out-of-School Time in the South Valley

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Time when kids are not in school is crucial. It’s important that youth spend their time in a positive way when they are not in school. How is that time spent in the South Valley? As an intern for the New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network,  I was able to interview five youths in my community, the South Valley, about how they spend their out of school time and how important it is. 

South Valley Youth Taking Part in Local Food System

Hi everyone! My name is Betzabed and I am a Summer Youth Intern with NMOST. On August 29, I had the chance to visit the RFK farm/garden out-of-school time program located on Isleta near the Shadyside park.

Mentorship and the Opportunity Gap for Young Women in New Mexico

When examining the importance of mentorship for young women in STEM, a stark disparity in opportunities available to young women depending on their geographical location in New Mexico emerges.

Guest blog from Suzanne Eisenberg

To celebrate International Day of the Girl, STEM Next asked one of NMOST's Advancing Young Women in STEM scholarship recipients to share her STEM learning journey. Thanks to STEM Next and Suzzane Eisenberg for creating this wonderful blog post.

Leveraging Out-of-School STEM Programming to Support Education Recovery

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The passage of the American Rescue Plan provides historic levels of funding for out-of-school time programming, with $30 billion set aside for afterschool and summer learning. While school closures in New Mexico have resulted in unfinished learning across disciplines, STEM learning has been particularly affected.

Recovering COVID-19 Learning Loss through Out-of-School Time

In order to address steep learning losses caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic and transition to virtual learning, we need to expand out-of-school time programs so that the most vulnerable students in our country can receive the education they need to get back on track. The a growing significance of the OST space in regaining the time lost in school must foreground the issue of accessibility as well, and reach the populations that need it most. Read more to learn about how investing in afterschool programs are a key to restoring learning loss and correcting widening inequities caused by COVID-19.


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