LAPS Educators Engage In Learning Opportunities

Los Alamos AVID educators focusing on a group project at the AVID Summer Institute in San Diego. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

As lifelong learners, some school personnel have taken the opportunity to attend educational conferences. They have been working together to brain storm new ideas, visit with other educators from around the country and the world.

As a reflection of the mental health lens accepted by the LAPS Board and District, the Los Alamos Public Schools has invested in its students by starting the AVID program next year at Los Alamos Middle School. A team of eight just returned from a week-long AVID Summer Institute. 

This team included District Director Pam Miller; Administrator Anna Gutierrez; and core and elective teachers Eva Abeyta, Science; Suzanne Montoya, ELA and elective;raig Washnock, SPED; Andy Ainsworth, SS and elective; Sherri Bublitz, Speech and Debate and electiv; and Leigh Ann Grow, Math.

AVID brings research‐based strategies and curriculum to educational institutions in elementarysecondary, and higher education. The AVID System annually provides more than 30,000 educators with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas throughout the entire campus. Basically the program supports students, offers them a sense of belonging and:

  • Creates a positive peer group for students;
  • Provides intensive support with strong student/teacher relationships; and
  • Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination.

In addition, five of the XQ team members spent three days at the High Tech Schools Summit engrossed in possibilities of what a reimagined school system looks and feels like in action. More than 400 community members, students and teachers in Los Alamos viewed the documentary, Most Likely To Succeed featuring High Tech High which has now expanded into 13 schools from K through 12. The Los Alamos XQ team members returned rejuvenated and ready to explore more local opportunities for our students to experience education with a myriad of possibilities through project based learning embedded in a school culture of emotionally fluency.

If you are interested in joining the conversation on thinking about education, please sign up for the weekly links on diverse topics about learning, creativity and education by sending your email address to XQ team member Ken Holmes at The group meets for Coffee Klatch each Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Smith’s Starbucks. Everyone is welcome.