APS Open Book


When it comes to Albuquerque Public Schools, it’s a safe bet there will be differences of opinion, but one thing most can agree on is that the community benefits from hearing compelling stories about our students, staff, and families.  Now, anyone interested in exploring the ins and outs of APS will have that opportunity without ever having to attend a public meeting, schedule appointments with district administrators or scour the internet for information.  The APS Communications Department in partnership with the district’s radio station, KANW have introduced a new monthly podcast called APS Open Book. The host of the show, Mark Goodrum, spent 33 years as an APS teacher and band director before retiring a few years ago. Goodrum is passionate about his classroom experiences, is a captivating storyteller and relatable expert.  By design, show topics will focus on areas that are difficult to absorb in a brief TV news story or even some longer stories published in print or on the web.  Goodrum collaborates with the district and listeners to identify future topics. Send your ideas and feedback to PodCast@aps.edu.

What's on the ballot in the upcoming APS Bond and Mill Levy election?  Will taxes increase?  Listen to episode 9 of the APS Open Book Podcast as Mark Goodrum discusses the election with APS' Chief Operations Officer, a high school teacher, and a charter school principal.

What makes a good teacher?  How do teachers improve themselves?  Listen to episode 8 of the APS Open Book Podcast as Mark Goodrum discusses the art of teaching with a UNM professor in the Department of Teacher Education and an ECademy ConnectED teacher at APS' Eldorado High School.

APS submitted nearly 800 water samples form 69 schools built before 1990 to proactively check on potential lead levels.  What were the results?  How is APS addressing any risk?  Listen to Episode 7 of the APS Open Book Podcast.

Will the addition of 10 extra days to the school year improve student learning?  Join Mark Goodrum for an interesting discussion about the benefits and impact of an extended school year.

From APS graduation to successful careers in Albuquerque, it's homecoming on the next APS Open Book Podcast.  Join Mark Goodrum for an interesting interview with two former APS students who discuss the impact of their APS education on their current occupations.

Chorus, band, orchestra, drama, mariachi, art, and even steel drums - the fine arts in the Albuquerque Public Schools are reaching all students from elementary to high school.  Join Mark Goodrum as he speaks with APS students and their teachers about the importance of a fine arts education.

What is the state of safety in the Albuquerque Public Schools?  Eighty thousand students and 14,000 employees depend on their expert security decisions in our schools.  Listen to Episode 3 as Mark Goodrum sits down with APS Chief Operations Officer, Scott Elder and APS Chief of Police, Steven Gallegos for a deep look at school safety procedures and protection of our public schools.


She is one of New Mexico's most influential educational leaders and has what many would consider one of the toughest jobs in America.  So, what keeps APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy up at night?  What does she have to say to all those critics?  Mark Goodrum sits down with the Superintendent for a candid  and sometimes surprising conversation.

Episode 1 tackles the the gut-wrenching suicide reality in New Mexico.  A teacher, crisis outreach counseler and student talk candidly about what it's like to know someone contemplating suicide, the immediate actions necessary to save a life and the exasperating frequency APS students deal with the threat.