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Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities

Discovering the NM STEM Ready! Science Standards

Join us for our first in a series of webinars introducing the New Mexico STEM Ready! science standards. Discover the background and innovations of the new standards and learn about upcoming professional learning opportunities.

Register for our webinar on Discovering the NM STEM Ready! Science Standards on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 3:30pm. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

STEM Symposium 2018

The Math and Science Bureau at the New Mexico Public Education Department is seeking dynamic presenters to share their expertise with New Mexico’s educators for the 5th annual STEM Symposium in Albuquerque on Friday, June 1, 2018. This is New Mexico’s premier STEM conference specifically designed for K–12 classroom teachers.

The theme for this year’s symposium is Innovate to Integrate, highlighting the commonalities between the practices of science, mathematics and English Language Arts. The Venn diagram represents the intersection of the Science and Engineering Practices, the Standards for Math Practices, and the ELA Capacities and is an ideal starting point for teacher making the transition to the NM STEM Ready! science standards.

Through engagement in rich tasks and discourse, students build on their content knowledge, reasoning, and argumentation. Example sessions could highlight how to integrate the math and science/engineering practices (i.e. launching a rocket with a payload and calculating trajectory); integrating the science and engineering practices and the ELA capacities (i.e. constructing an explanation to predict interactions among organisms in a terrarium) or integrating the math, science/engineering practices, and ELA capacities to support a claim when kinetic energy of an object changes, there is a transfer of energy.

Preference for acceptance will be given to interactive/collaborative sessions that model best teaching practices and incorporate the commonalities among the practices. The proposal submission deadline is February 28, 2018. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please complete the 2018 STEM Symposium Session Proposal.

Presenters will be notified by March 30, 2018 on the status of their proposal. For questions or more information, please contact Shafiq Chaudhary, Math Specialist, at shafiq.chaudhary@state.nm.us.

MC2 Summer 2018 Math Professional Learning Offerings

This summer, MC² will offer a number of our professional learning workshops available to teachers from any district. Most workshops will be offered in Las Cruces; however a few of our most requested offerings will also be available in Albuquerque.

See below what professional learning is available by grade level with a short description. Register for the MC2 Professional Learning Offering and view the flyer for the course calendar and registration costs. Registration is open to the first 25 to register and all others will be placed on a waiting list. Registration closes two weeks prior to each event. For questions or more information, please contact Katherine Kanim or visit their website.

Elementary/Intermediate School

Number Talks for Grades K–5

  • Learn the power of Number Talks to promote mathematical reasoning aligned to the CCSS-M standards and mathematical practice
  • Develop a plan for building fluency with operations appropriate for your grade level
  • Engage in strategic planning focused on a progression of tasks and pedagogical tools that support and extend student thinking

Structuring Number to Build Fluency with Addition and Subtraction for Grades 1–3

  • Build on place value understanding to develop flexible strategies for adding and subtracting
  • Learn instructional strategies/activities for students to develop foundational knowledge/mental facility for addition and subtraction within 100 and 1000
  • Learn classroom assessment strategies for purposeful instruction of addition and subtraction that support students’ learning needs

Measurement to Build Understanding of Operations for Grades 3–5

  • Have fun integrating measurement, mathematical practices, and the four basic operations to develop problem solving and mathematical reasoning related to Grades 3-5 CCSS-M standards
  • Develop greater facility with choosing and explaining the operations that can be used to solve interesting measurement tasks
  • Master copies of lessons and materials for classroom use will be provided

Metric Measurement, Place Value, and Decimals for Grades 3–5

  • Integrate measurement, place value relationships, and decimal quantities for meaningful and practical learning of these standards in the CCSS-M
  • Develop conceptual understanding of decimal place value through measurement applications and conversions
  • Develop understanding of the relative size of units within the metric system through hands-on explorations
  • Master copies of lessons and materials for classroom use will be provided

Middle/High School

Number Talks for Grades 6–10
Part I: Number Talk Basics with Whole Number Operations

  • Learn the power of Number Talks to promote mathematical reasoning aligned to the CCSS-M standards and mathematical practices
  • Develop strategies for representing students’ math ideas strategically using notation to build understanding
  • Engage in strategic planning focused on a progression of tasks for building fluency with operations appropriate for your grade level

Part II: Extending Number Talks to Fractions, Decimals, and Integers

  • Learn to use Number Talks to support fluency with fraction and decimal operations
  • Practice a sequence of Number Talks for building fraction and decimal understanding

Note: Part II is intended for teachers routinely using Number Talks in their classrooms and/or who have attended Number Talks Part I.

Probability and Statistics for Grades 6–8

  • Build teachers’ conceptual understanding of probability and statistics concepts outlined in the Grades 6-8 CCSS-M
  • Engage in lessons appropriate for students in grades 6-8 that can be used in your classrooms

Functions for Grades 6–10

  • Build teachers’ conceptual understanding of linear, quadratic, and exponential concepts
  • Engage in activities that support students developing conceptual understanding of these different types of functions

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching page button

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching nominations are now open.


Past Professional Learning Opportunities

STEM Symposium

Presentations and materials are now available:
STEM Symposium 2017

PARCC Webinars

Recorded webinars and slides are available:

PARCC Math webinar on Sub-Claims C & D and Resources
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Presented By Yanira Vazquez and Shafiq Chaudhary

PARCC Math Webinar Sub-Claims C & D Focusing on Elementary and PowerPoint Slides
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Presented By Shafiq Chaudhary and Patricia Carden

PARCC Math Webinar Sub-Claims C & D Focusing on Middle School and PowerPoint Slides
Monday, January 22, 2018
Presented By Shafiq Chaudhary and Patricia Carden

PARCC Math Webinar Sub-Claims C & D Focusing on High School and PowerPoint Slides
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Presented By Shafiq Chaudhary and Patricia Carden


If you have a professional development opportunity, special event or program, please contact Yanira Vazquez at: yanira.vazquez@state.nm.us

Page last updated February 21, 2018