Learn about the future of education through the eyes of the community. We are excited to report that the CES Common Principles are alive and well in the recommendations for education transformation in New Mexico. Nearly 200 employers, activists, students, and elected officials and others with the most at stake in public education have participated in our Positive Youth Development Tours, visiting local schools to learn about innovative instruction and assessment and positive youth development. Their findings are a stark contrast to standardized testing that dominates the current accountability framework in New Mexico. Resulting recommendations from community leaders represent a ground-up movement to influence policy based on best education practices. In addition to sharing our community approach, this workshop will focus on ways to cultivate community voice to influence local education policy, and the state’s response to the reauthorization of ESSA.