Poetry, Pastels, & Our Past
A testament to the strength of our community, many local organizations are offering opportunities to young people in spite of the challenging circumstances of the pandemic and distance learning.

One is the annual call for applications for the Santa Fe Youth Poet Laureate. This is a great opportunity for recognition AND a chance at a $1,000 scholarship. The second opportunity offers community art supplies from arts nonprofit, Vital Spaces. And, check out the awesome interactive videos from Earthseed Black Arts Alliance that provide insight about the political, historical, and artistic contributions of African Americans.

Read on for the full story, plus two teacher opportunities!
Santa Fe Youth Poet Laureate
Calling all poets, spoken word artists, emcees and writers ages 13-18!

The Santa Fe Youth Poet Laureate Program is seeking talented youth writers to represent the city of Santa Fe in 2021.

The Santa Fe Youth Poet Laureate Program aims to identify youth writers and leaders who are committed to civic and community engagements, poetry and performance, human relations, diversity, and education.

Submissions will be accepted from February 1-28.
Art Supplies Galore!
Do you have young ones who are in need of the perfect crayons, markers, or colored pencils for a creative project?

The arts nonprofit Vital Spaces is providing art supplies to the community at no cost. Head on over to their website to learn more, including pick up times and days!

While ArtWorks is providing supplies for its units of study, this is a great resource for fun after-school projects!
Some of the available art supplies at Vital Spaces.
Black Story / Black Song
Black Story / Black Song is a curriculum designed for middle and high school students which includes instructional videos featuring 8 New Mexico-based Black educational presenters.

The content from Earthseed Black Arts Alliance covers art, hip hop, NM history, civil rights, and more.

Lesson plans are also included so teachers can easily integrate this with their classes. Follow the link below for more information!
A still from one of the Black Story / Black Song videos.
Saluting and Supporting Our Teachers
It’s been a challenging school year. And teachers have been the heroes keeping learning alive, whether online or in some kind of classroom setting.

To honor and support our SFPS teachers, Partners is once again offering Teacher Opportunity Scholarships to teachers who are seeking advanced degrees or specialized certifications/endorsements. Click here for more information. Deadline: March 26.

We also plan to give out our annual Teachers Who Inspire Awards, to SFPS teachers who are nominated by a principal or another teacher for their inspiring work this year. Click here for guidelines. Deadline: March 12.

One of the 2019-2020 Teachers Who Inspire
awardees, Juliette Chavez, with her students
from Nina Otero Elementary School
UPDATE: SFPS Plans for Reopening
At the SFPS Board of Education meeting on February 4, Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia announced a voluntary hybrid reopening on February 22.

This will ensure a two-week notice for parents, faculty and staff on returning students to school.

Principals are communicating with teachers to see who is willing to return to school, educational leaders are exploring four different hybrid models to improve delivery of hybrid services and preparations are underway to prioritize students who return based on need.
Image shows 4 illustrations of young children wearing face masks. There are two rows with two children per row, for a square graphic with four illustrations.
What Else Do We Do?

Partners in Education has been supporting teachers in our public schools for 32 years. That's all we do. We invite you to read on to see how our programs help teachers to make a difference in the community. Your donation can be directed to a specific program or to Partners in Education in general.

Have you ever seen a big yellow school bus outside the Lensic or a museum? Each year, donors like you provide the funding for buses for nearly 600 public school classes to go on transformative educational adventures.
The Teacher Warehouse is a resource for teachers to "shop" for free and take great things back to their classrooms. Local businesses and individuals donate office supplies, art supplies, books, and more.  

Due to the pandemic, The Teacher Warehouse is currently closed until further notice. We will update you when we're able to reopen.

ArtWorks is an aesthetic education program that builds critical thinking skills and frees young imaginations. ArtWorks makes the arts personally meaningful to over 1,800 public school students and teachers through an integrated program of art-making, viewing live performances and exhibits, and achieving understanding through inquiry and reflection.
Through the generosity of donors like you, classroom teachers receive grants for innovative, curriculum-based projects. Partners in Education awards over $50,000 to about 60 teachers each year.  

Partners in Education also honors seven Santa Fe Public School teachers each year with the Teachers Who Inspire awards. 
The Partners in Education Foundation for the Santa Fe Public Schools seeks to marshal resources and create alliances to foster excellence in Santa Fe's public schools.

The mission of ArtWorks is to make the arts personally meaningful to children and elementary school teachers through an integrated program of art-making, viewing virtual or live performances and exhibits, and achieving understanding through inquiry and reflection.