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Get ready! INSPIRE 2021: A. I. R.

The PED’s statewide Inspire conference will be June 16-19 after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The theme this year is Advocate, Innovate, Renew (AIR), with a focus on wellness, special education and advocacy, and opportunities for educator celebration and professional learning. Additional information is at Also included here is our call for proposals – educators, educational leaders, and family advocates are encouraged to apply at Don’t hesitate to reach out to Leah Johnson ( with any questions.

ELD Standards Workshop

The PED Language & Culture Division (LCD) is offering a two-day eWorkshop on the English Language Development (ELD) Standards Framework 2020 edition on May 5 and May 12 from 3:30-5p.m. District school leaders and educators will learn how various components of the ELD standards work together to support equitable access to high quality learning opportunities for multilingual learners. Access to online resources to support implementation will be available following the workshop, which has a participant limit of 40. Use this link to register. In addition, please see the LCD updates for April, which include a webinar on the new WIDA Kindergarten Screener.

PED Communications Updates

  • Check out the new Public Education Calendar for superintendents, school leaders, tribal education leaders, educators and school staff. It’s packed with information and updates about what’s happening at the PED, including important deadlines, trainings, meetings, conferences, and other events.
  • Check out the School Reentry Webpage for photo and video highlights shared by you and collected by PED leaders on their visits to schools around New Mexico.

Licensure Updates

  • The PED Professional Licensure Bureau is making waivers available to help ensure educators are available to support remote instruction. Districts/charters may request remote instruction waivers for educators to teach outside the area in which they are licensed. These waivers will be in place through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Renewal applications should be completed before April 30 to avoid a backlog on June 30. HR directors should develop a plan for getting currently licensed staff renewed.
  • For individual district or charter school licensure questions, please contact your designated Licensure Liaison.

Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy

Dr. Leilani Sabzalian (Alutiiq) will share stories of K-12 urban Indigenous education from her book, Indigenous Children’s Survivance in Public Schools during a virtual speaker series from 4-5:15p.m. on Monday, April 19. Dr. Sabzalian will discuss the value and urgency of anti-colonial literacy for teachers in public schools. She is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies in Education and Co-Director of the Sapsik’wałá Education Program at the University of Oregon. Use this Zoom link to participate.

PED Summer Programming Conference

The PED will present a half-day conference on May 5 focused on summer programming. The conference will address allowable uses of state funds to support K-5 Plus and the Extended Learning Time Program (ELTP) that correspond with the tenets of accelerated learning. In addition to highlighting the Roadmap to Accelerated Learning and Renewal, the conference will offer: planning and implementing summer learning and supplemental afterschool program activities; providing mental health services and supports; addressing learning gaps; and special education programming. Enroll using this link. See the schedule and presentations here.

Extended Learning Time Updates

K-5 Plus and ELTP

Both the K–5 Plus program and the ELTP have been fully funded for FY22 and have additional program flexibilities for implementation. It is the hope and expectation that all schools will participate in one or both programs in order to help recover in-person instructional time that was lost to students due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. This memo provides guidance on program funding and flexibilities as well as how to participate in each program.

K-12 Plus

The PED will launch a new extended learning time program this fall: K-12 Plus. The program is based on the legislature’s expectation that all schools will participate in an extended learning time program. The program will be available:

  • to districts that offer K-12 Plus to every school in the district;
  • to districts that offer K-12 Plus to select schools that offer it to all students;
  • to charter schools that offer the program to all students.

Specifically, where offered, every enrolled student must attend and participate in the additional days of instruction. Read the complete memo here for additional details.

K-5 Plus Pilot 140

Interested elementary schools that would like to stack the K-5 Plus and ELTP programs will now be able to through a two-year pilot program approved by the Legislature. Participating schools will add the 10 additional ELTP days to their instructional calendar and then extend each instructional day throughout the school year so that 140 total additional instructional hours are included. Read the complete memo here.

PED Structured Literacy Assistance

The PED is holding office hours for teachers from 12-2p.m. every Monday until May 17 to support with Structured Literacy. Join office hours by clicking on this link. In addition, the new contact for the PED’s Structured Literacy initiative, LETRS trainings, literacy plans and/or dyslexia screening is:

Unique Art Contest for Middle and High School Students

The New Mexico Immigrant Law Center is proud to announce its first design contest. Entry is open to all middle and high school students who are part of immigrant or mixed status families. The theme for 2021 is “Our Community, Our Power.” The deadline to enter is May 31. Visit NMILC.ORG to enter.

Advanced Placement Information and Opportunities

Space is limited, so register early for New Mexico’s Advanced Placement Summer Institutes (APSI), which are virtual and free. APSI is a full week of course/exam-specific training conducted by College Board consultants. There will be 16 courses in two sessions:

Contact Alexandra Lutz at (505) 490-3648 or for more details.

The PED is also offering an out-of-state APSI opportunity. The College and Career Readiness Bureau will reimburse registration costs to districts that pay for teachers to attend out-of-state APSI trainings. Click here to apply. Contact for details.

Rural school sites may qualify for a program run by the National Math & Science Initiative that provides online Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The Rural Access College Readiness Program includes tuition, lab fees, and a computer for students. Schools may enroll one or more students in any of eight online AP classes. For questions, contact program manager Jim Smithwick:

Please Share Information for NM Notify Application

The New Mexico Department of Health is sharing the following materials for school leaders to use to urge school staff and high school students to download the NM Notify application on their phones. This is the app New Mexicans can use to find out if they have been a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.

Waste Management Scholarship for Seniors

High school seniors who are interested in careers as diesel or heavy equipment mechanics are eligible to apply for a $5,000 scholarship from Waste Management Four Corners. To be eligible, students must be enrolling in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year college or vocational school in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico or Utah. Please see this flyer for more details.

Student Essay Contest

New Mexico high school students are invited to participate in this essay contest sponsored by New Mexico Ethics Watch. The essay question is: How have ethical principles influenced your behavior and actions during the pandemic? All entries must be received by 11:59p.m. (MST) on May 21. All entries must be the original work of the entrant. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top essays in the following amounts: 1st place $500; 2nd place $250; 3rd place $150; Honorable Mention (2) $50. Click here for more information.

Vaccines for Teens: A PED Toolkit

Now that all New Mexicans ages 16+ are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, we need your help getting the youngest cohort to participate by registering at the Department of Health portal: To that end, the PED has created a toolkit for districts and schools to use to reach eligible high school students. This memo from PED Secretary Ryan Stewart explains the need. Please print this flyer and distribute widely.

Student Art Showcase at EXPO New Mexico

Student learning through the arts will be showcased on an ongoing basis at EXPO New Mexico in Albuquerque. Educators can upload images of student artwork during the last two weeks of each month beginning April 13-30. Selected student artwork from counties across the state will appear on the large digital display boards at EXPO New Mexico for a designated period of time. In addition, the New Mexico State Fair website will include a section to display still photographs of band, dance, movement, media arts, and theater student works. If submitting more than 12 entries, email


  • Take a picture; images must be 5 MBS or less
  • Insert a border/label
  • Type the following information on the bottom right of the border/frame
    • Student Name, Grade
    • School, District
    • Art Teacher – Name
  • Ensure that district policy on displaying student work is followed

Use this link to upload each piece individually

Trauma-Informed Schools Webinar

You are invited to attend this webinar on creating trauma-informed, trauma-responsive schools from 3-4:30p.m. Thursday, April 29. The webinar, Through the Prism of Trauma: Empowering Hope, Inclusion and Compassion, will include presentations by Dr. Craig Pierce, founder and CEO of the Southwest Family Guidance Center and Institute, and Leilani Foulk, a program manager at the center. Registration is not required. Click this link to attend.

The webinar is the second in a series of attendance presentations offered jointly by the PED, United Way of Central New Mexico and Albuquerque Public Schools. The first:

Safety Reminder and Contest

If you’re enjoying our springtime weather while on wheels (and wearing a helmet), snap a picture and tag @NewMexicoGCD on Facebook, or send them the photo and you could win a $50 gift certificate for bike supplies. The Governor’s Commission on Disability (GCD) is hosting this giveaway as a reminder that it is the law that people 18 years of age and younger must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, tricycle, scooter, skateboard, or skates. Teachers can request that the Brain Injury Awareness Council provide free helmets and a training for their students. The photo contest ends May 1. Please use this link for more information.

Messages of Support for Asian Americans

The Public Education Department strives to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of all students and families in New Mexico. Our hearts go out to the victims of the recent violence in Atlanta, and we are reminded to remain steadfast in ensuring that all schools provide an environment of safety and inclusiveness.

Page last updated April 21, 2021