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Educator Portal 2022-01-19T09:45:22-07:00
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Resources and information for classroom instruction

PDP Requirements Removed

The PED is removing the requirement to report in Canvas all elements of Elevate New Mexico for school year 2021-2022. We hope this change eases some of the stress you are feeling amid another school year impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and allows for flexibility as needed. Classroom teachers should continue to receive the supports they need to feel successful in the classroom and to improve outcomes for all students. Questions about general guidance around educator evaluation or Elevate NM: Seana.Flanagan@state.nm.us.


Teacher Salaries Information

The PED has prepared this FAQ document regarding the two educator pay proposals that are part of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s 2022 legislative agenda. The first would provide 7% raises for all New Mexico education personnel — the largest educator raise in recent memory. It would increase pay for more than 50,000 K-12 teachers and other school staff. The second proposal would raise base salary levels in the state’s three-tier licensure system to $50,000, $60,000, and $70,000, representing an average 35% total increase in base salary levels since the Lujan Grisham administration came into office.


PD Suite of Supports Available

The PED Curriculum and Instruction Bureau continues to enroll districts in our PD Suite of Supports, which is designed to support a focus on assuring equitable access to grade level instruction for all students through acceleration, MLSS, and high dosage tutoring. There are offerings that are “on-demand” and require no enrollment. Tools provide just-in-time professional learning supports and are available on-demand so that districts and schools can utilize the resources within their own PLCs and PD days at will. There are options for leadership at the school and district level, teachers, instructional coaches, and other educators as well as site-based projects and statewide communities of practice. You can access the brochure to see available options here. Questions? jacqueline.costales@state.nm.us or Kenneth.stowe@state.nm.us


CPR Training Requirements

For the safety of the school community, staff requiring CPR certification should complete the curriculum-based and hands-on skills portion of the training as soon as possible. Although certain certifying organizations allow an extended window to complete the hands-on skills portion, delay in verification of skills-based demonstration may pose a risk to the community being served. Additionally, the statutory requirement for graduating students to complete “hands-on psychomotor skills cardiopulmonary resuscitation training” has not changed. This training should be conducted while maintaining COVID-safe practices.


Close Contact Notification

Families of those identified as close contacts for infectious COVID-19 cases at school are to be contacted regardless of the vaccination status of the close contact. This notification to families enables families to get their students tested on day five after exposure. Children who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine after exposure. Adults who are up to date with their vaccinations (including recommended boosters) do not need to quarantine after exposure.


National Board Certification Support

Research shows that only between 10-15% of teachers who do not get support will achieve national board certification. That percentage goes up with every type of support. Of those in NM who receive full support, more than 50% achieve a passing score their first time. The NM NBCT Network is offering the following support sessions:


OpenSciEd Support

Apply here by midnight Feb. 1 to participate in a three-year initiative to implement the cutting-edge, innovative OpenSciEd middle school science curriculum. District science leaders will receive on-going support for implementation and cost-sharing to offset training and material (kit and lab equipment) costs. Questions? Christy Krenek or Shafiq Chaudhary.


Computer Science Professional Learning

Apply here by midnight Jan. 24 for the CS Fundamentals course, designed to support grades K–5 educators in gaining new teaching strategies in computer science education. Support your district or state-chartered schools in developing a plan to expand CS education through the SCRIPT process. Questions? Amery Martinez or Jenifer Hooten.


Instructional Scope for Science

School teams should apply here before midnight Jan. 22 for two professional learning opportunities focused on the N.M. Instructional Scope for Science. The PED is partnering with WestEd to offer these sessions in support of science instruction aligned to the NM STEM Ready! Science Standards:

  • Storylines (Grades K–12)
  • 3-Dimensional Formative Assessment (Grades K–12)

Questions? Christy Krenek or Shafiq Chaudhary.


Career-Based Math Curriculum Available

Pathways2Careers math courses, free, career-focused core math content is available on the P2C platform, giving teachers access in one place to hundreds of interactive lessons in 8th Grade Math, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, along with other resources such as Quantile assessments and career exploration tools. Educators interested in implementing Pathway2Careers math curricula are invited to attend professional learning with MC2. You must register in advance. A confirmation email will be sent. Questions: John.Gabaldon@state.nm.us


Register for Counselor Conference Next Month

This PED virtual conference, taking place on Feb. 23, will feature Four Simple Practices. Amazing Results. Re-invigorate with FISH! For Schools. The philosophy is designed to reinvigorate and give educators the support they need during these times of dramatic changes and challenges. The afternoon sessions will include updates on Advanced Placement/College Board, career development, social-emotional learning, and more. The event is free, but requires registration.


Summer Enrichment Internships Program Returning in 2022

In the inaugural 2021-year, federal funding covered the cost of summer internships for nearly 1,300 New Mexico high school students. Twenty-six counties and tribes participated in the program with more than 300 community partners. The program will return in 2022. You can learn more about the entire project at NMInterns.com. Regarding the upcoming 2022 year, the PED has already started conversations with county and tribal partners about how to improve the program. If you would like your county or tribe to participate in this fruitful program, we highly recommend you encourage them to reach out to Special Project Manager, Marc Duske, Marc.Duske@state.nm.us.


Booster or Test

The Public Health Order has been amended to delay until Feb. 4 the requirement that school workers either be up to date with vaccinations (including booster shots for those eligible) or have weekly COVID-19 testing. Beginning Feb. 4, and once becoming eligible, individuals have four weeks to procure a booster before they are required to test weekly. Read the complete memo here.


COVID Testing

The White House and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona announced last week that the administration is increasing the number of COVID-19 tests available to schools by 10 million a month. This additional testing capacity will help schools safely remain open and allow them to implement screening testing and Test to Stay programs. Secretary Cardona further recommends four ways to maximize access to the tests you need. Read Secretary Steinhaus’ letter summarizing the options here.


Homework Gap Grant

The application deadline is March 11 for a Homework Gap grant for 2022. Twenty winners will be selected to receive up to $25,000 worth of Kajeet Education Broadband solutions including unlimited student data plans, WiFi hotspots, school bus WiFi, LTE-embedded laptops and tablets and routers. The grant is open to all K-12 schools and districts, colleges and universities, tribal schools and public libraries. Winners will be announced in May. More information and the application link are available here.


Special Education Ombud

The New Mexico Office of the Special Education Ombud requests your assistance in advising families of the services now available to help them navigate the special education system. This FAQ and this family-oriented flier provide more information and should be shared with all families that have children with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Additionally, the ombud is recruiting individuals in every district to receive training to serve families as volunteer, local ombuds. Send names to Michelle Tregembo.


COVID Testing Change

Beginning Jan. 22, PCR tests will no longer be accepted for COVID-19 surveillance testing or for Test to Stay (modified quarantine). Rapid antigen tests will be required for those two COVID-19 testing applications WHAT APPLICATIONS?. The VAULT and Curative testing sites provide PCR tests and will no longer be options for surveillance testing or for Test to Stay programs. PCR tests will be reserved for those who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. The change is required to ensure that symptomatic individuals have access to PCR tests.


Advanced Placement Workshops

Registration is open through Jan. 28 for free Advanced Placement Winter Workshops on Feb. 2. AP Winter Workshops provide full-day learning for 10 AP courses, led by endorsed College Board consultants. These virtual workshops are facilitated by Regional Educational Cooperative 9. Current and prospective AP educators are invited. Substitute teacher reimbursement is available. Questions: Melissa.DeLaurentis


Language and Culture Updates

The January update from the  PED Language & Culture Division, available here, includes updates on trainings, such as WIDA Training for the Bilingual Multicultural Education Program (BMEP) Setting and a new self-paced eLearning module.


Substitute Teacher Course Available

A new Canvas course is available to all New Mexico substitute teachers. This two-hour course consists of five targeted-learning modules that focus on preparation, logistical considerations before and after class, evidence-based instructional practices, classroom management and behavioral supports, and more. This course navigation guide should be shared with prospective hires or current substitutes. For information: kenneth.stowe@state.nm.us


Dashboard Shows COVID Spending Data

The PED has released an interactive dashboard the public can use to see how districts and state charter schools are spending federal COVID-19 relief funding. “The public has a need and a right to know how schools are spending a generational influx of federal funding to improve education outcomes in New Mexico,” said Public Education Secretary Designate Kurt Steinhaus. “We’re very proud to present this digital tool to make that as easy as possible and to showcase the great work districts and state charter schools are doing to spend this money wisely.”

The dashboard currently includes cumulative and individual data on how districts and state charter schools spent their share of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Users can apply filters to select data for individual school districts and charter schools and hover a cursor over any visual to see additional data elements.

Page last updated January 19, 2022