1. Taos Integrated School of the Arts, Taos, NM, USA

Partner: Gina Gargone 6-8th grades Science, Art Integration & STEM Teacher and Sally Greywolf 6-8th grades ELA, SS, Art Integration & STEM Teacher

Grade(s): 7th and 8th grade

School mission: The Taos Integrated School of the Arts, in partnership with parents and community, provides K-8 students in the Taos Municipal School District with the opportunity to reach their maximum potential through a standards-based, multicultural, thematic, and arts-integrated curriculum. Art-integration creates more meaningful learning through using the arts-visual art, drama, music, dance-as a catalyst to create broader and deeper learning experiences. Taos is a multicultural community steeped in artistic tradition. We wish to found a school that provides students with a multicultural worldview while utilizing thematic units and the arts to facilitate academic learning. Our mission is to educate the whole child in order to cultivate in young people the skills, knowledge, and values they need to reach their highest potential.

2. Escola Secundária Sebastião e Silva in Oeiras, Portugal

Partner: Ana Carla Oliveira (Languages and Humanities teacher), Maria Cristina Pinho (Science, Physics and Chemistry teacher)

Grade(s): 8th and 12th grade students

School mission:  The Sebastião e Silva Secondary School mission in partnership with parents and the community is to provide students with resources, good teaching methods, information, knowledge and global training of students’ skills, in order to help them reach their maximum potential. They can both be prepared to pursuit further education at university and to enter the work market. Students are also invited to join several development projects in different study fields, which enable the development of other important skills, such as creativity, autonomy, critical thinking and problem solving, as well as important knowledge and project works on diverse topics namely Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals. All these projects aim for the education, training and skill development of our young students who will soon become the leaders of the future. In this global and communication era we are living in, when it is easier and easier to travel and to communicate, schools have the essential and urgent mission to educate and train students to be citizens of the world and to make sure that they are respectful and committed, more and more scientifically and culturally prepared, provided with freedom, creativity, autonomy and critical thinking and ready to identify and solve the challenges they will be facing in the future.

3. New Mexico School of the Arts, Santa Fe, NM

Partner: Treston Chee, Media Arts teacher, Karina Hean, Visual Arts Department Chair and instructor

Grade(s): 10th grade students, Visual Arts departmnet

School mission:  NMSA provides access to a rigorous mastery arts and academic high school education for youth with passion and aptitude for the arts, leading to post-secondary learning, careers in the arts, and lives that contribute to society.

New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA), based in Santa Fe, is the only four-year, statewide, public high school serving artist-scholars across New Mexico with a rigorous, award-winning pre-professional arts and academics program. NMSA provides students in 9th through 12th grades with intensive, pre-professional instruction in five major arts disciplines, Creative Writing and Literature, Dance, Music (Vocal, Jazz or Instrumental), Theatre, and  Visual Arts. Arts disciplines are taught daily by master teachers and professional artists in a 3-hour daily arts block that takes place after the academic day. NMSA is open to all students in New Mexico who qualify through an audition and portfolio admissions process held every February.

4. Santa Fe Indian School, Santa Fe, NM

Partner: Kate Sallah, HS Science/Computer Science Teacher, SFIS Green Team & Born Braves sponsor

Grade(s): 10th grade, Computer Science class

School mission:  Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) was established in 1890 to educate the Native American children from the tribes throughout the southwest. The School was established by the federal government during the Boarding School era with a charge to assimilate the native child. Later P. L. 95-561, the Education Amendments, and the technical amendments P. L. 98-511 and P. L. 100-297 allowed SFIS to become a tribally controlled school governed by a Board of Trustees. In 2000, with the signing of the Santa Fe Indian School Act, this land was turned over to be held in trust for the 19 Pueblo Governors of New Mexico. This has allowed SFIS to build a program based on educational sovereignty – the right and responsibility to educate New Mexico Indian children in manner that supports their cultural and traditional belief systems. Santa Fe Indian School graduates will understand the issues facing tribes in the Southwest and will be committed to maintaining Native American cultural values. They will participate in the culture of their communities and will have the skills to pursue the education or careers that will benefit them, their families, and their people. These skills include: Creative problem solving, using the analysis of complex problems, the synthesis of collected data, and the communication of clear solutions; Critical, confident, independent and interdependent, life-long learning; Working productively with all types of people and making good choices.

5. Escuela Preparatoria No. 5, Universidad de Guadalajara

Partner: Elizabeth Arroyo, Lorena Jasso, Andrés Crespo and Lucía Cappelletti

Grade(s): 11th and 12th grade students

School mission:  At Preparatoria 5, we are an educational community at the upper middle level that thinks and works with a humanistic vocation, dedicated to the comprehensive education of our students to develop skills within society as ethical, responsible and global citizens; through substantive purposes that meet national and international standards of quality and continuous improvement.

Space Messengers is made possible in part by the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund for U.S. Alumni; an opportunity sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by Partners of the Americas. This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts

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