Image of a blacksmith's hammer shaping iron with text 'FORGE: Seeing Possibility, Shaping SchoolsIn Summer 2020, supported through a generous 1:1 matching grant from the E.E. Ford Foundation, we will launch FORGE, a new professional learning experience. FORGE is designed for academic leaders who see possibilities and seek to shape solutions and refine them in a community of fellow educators dedicated to reflective practice, professional growth, and positive change in schools.  FORGE begins with a four-day in-person learning experience and continues online through the academic year with coaching and peer mentoring through practical steps to implement change.

Why "FORGE?" Standing in a forge, a blacksmith with a piece of iron in hand sees possibility. This iron can become many things – a horseshoe, nails, a ladle, or a work of art.  This transformation is not effortless. It takes heat, strength, vision, determination, and reflection. It involves a process of shaping, reshaping, and refining to create the finished work.  Like the blacksmith, educators too stand in a forge – of ideas about and practices of teaching, learning, and leading. By refining our vision, honing our practices, and reflecting on and adjusting our actions, we can shape ourselves and our schools in remarkable ways.
The first FORGE will be held on July 2020 at Albuquerque Academy. Specific dates and registration rates will be posted soon. If you would like to be notified when the applications for FORGE open, please complete our Contact Us form and specify FORGE as your program of interest.  
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