Full of Hope
A Message from the 2021 NM Teacher of the Year
Hello, dear educators!
It is with a heart full of hope that I send greetings your way: hope for this school year, hope for our students and those who care for them, and hope for your personal health and well-being. I am grateful to be among such a dedicated group of teachers across our big, beautiful state.
I look forward to learning from and about you and would like to share a little about myself as well. I grew up in the northern part of the state, and when I wasn’t in the classroom at school in Ratón, I was usually spending time in the “classroom” of the outdoors, building forts among the juniper trees and exploring the outskirts of abandoned coal mining towns. Those formative years in rural New Mexico instilled in me a profound sense of place, which ultimately drew me back after years in Texas, New York, and Mexico. Albuquerque, once the big, intimidating city in my small town girl eyes, is now my beloved home base. I teach first grade at New Mexico International School, a K-8 International Baccalaureate school with a focus on language immersion. It is a joy and an adventure to teach 6 and 7-year olds almost entirely in Spanish.
It is also a challenge to teach in a language that, for most of my students, is one they were first exposed to in a kindergarten year with only six months of in-person learning. Yet in each moment of chagrin, when I see that a student does not understand, it is balanced when I ask in Spanish, “Who is missing? Could it be our green, scaly friend?” and to their shouts of “¡Diego!” our plush dinosaur appears to ask a guiding question that leads to better understanding.
I hope that you also begin the year with ways to maintain balance in your own professional and personal lives, especially in this year rife with challenges. And I hope to hear from you. Making connections with fellow educators often yields needed balance, so please reach out if you can, and may our hopes for this year come to fruition.
Alisa Cooper de Uribe
New Mexico educators are now in line for the COVID-19 vaccination. Phase 1B is underway and includes early childhood and K-12 teachers, school-based cafeteria and janitorial workers, and administrative support staff. You can register for the vaccine here. Those who register will be notified when a vaccine becomes available in their area. If you have questions with the registration process, you can call 1-855-600-3453. You can use the links below to get more information about the vaccine.
The state of N.M. applied for a waiver from federal assessment and accountability requirements for 2019-2020. With the loss of data in spring 2020, NMPED is unable to calculate aspects of its accountability system under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The NMPED intends to apply for an addendum to its SY 2019-2020 waiver, which describes the impact of the loss of spring 2020 on the 2020-2021 school year. The NMPED is soliciting public comment to ensure we consider our stakeholders’ perspectives. You can review the addendum and submit public comment by Jan. 21.
National Boards Scholarship
There is still time to apply for the New Mexico Board Certification Scholarship. The deadline is Jan. 15, 2021. See the qualifications below. Visit the NM National Board-Certified Teacher Network page for information.
- Be a current N.M. resident, and
- Hold a valid Level 2 or Level 3A N.M. teaching license, and
- Be a teacher of record for the 2020-2021 school year in a N.M. public school or charter school, or state supported school, and
- Be an initial applicant to the certification process
National Boards Support
A virtual National Board information session will take place Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. This session is for any New Mexico teacher interested in learning about the certification process and support available from the NMNBCT Network. Use this form to register. You also can get candidate support from the New Mexico NBCT Network in other areas. The cost is $15 per session. For more information and a list of sessions, visit www.nmnbctnetwork.com
CCRB Monthly Newsletter
The College and Career Readiness Bureau is offering the January edition of CTE Corner. This month, you’ll find:
- Best practices at Farmington Municipal Schools
- A new series breaking down performance indicators
- Career Cluster Guide Books now offered in Spanish
- Information on Advanced Placement Winter Workshops
PAEMST Office Hours
Join New Mexico’s State Coordinators of Mathematics and Science and past winners of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) on Jan. 19 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. for the first of many office hours on the following topic: Learn about the PAEMST award and how to apply. The state coordinators will hold weekly office hours Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. from. Jan. 19 to March 16 to support applicants. For more information, please reach out to Shafiq Chaudhary for Math at firstname.lastname@example.org and Christy Krenek for Science at Christy.email@example.com
Register for the Office Hours:
- January 19 – Getting started
- January 26 – Mentorship
- February 2 – Timeline Overview/Administrative Component
- February 9 – Video Component
- February 16 – Narrative Component Dimensions 1 and 2
- February 23 – Narrative Component Dimensions 3 and 4
- March 2 – Narrative Component Dimension 5 and Supplemental Materials
- March 9 – Dimension 1–5 support and Application Submission
- March 16 – Submission Process
Math & Science Advisory Council
Join the PED Math & Science Bureau on Jan. 13 from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. to learn about the Math and Science Advisory Council (MSAC). During this time you will meet council members, learn about the role and activities of the MSAC and how educators can apply. Currently, there are three open seats for STEM educators.
Helping Students Understand Current Events
Last week students and teachers alike have entered classrooms full of thoughts and questions about events happening in our country. Tackling current events can seem daunting to parents and educators, but taking the time to walk children through their thinking and feelings is an essential part of helping them manage their well-being. Adults have to have the answers, but children need a safe space to ask questions and work through them. Leaving children to build their own understanding of a situation can lead to misunderstandings and confusion. This memo from the NMPED addresses events and includes links to resources.
Please also use these links for more information and resources.
- Teaching Tolerance: When Bad Things Are Happening
- School Counselor: Helping Students During Crisis
- Zinn Ed Project: What Our Students Should Know about the Struggle for the Ballot
- PBS: Three Ways to Teach the Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol
- NYC Department of Education: Civics Resource Guide
- How to Talk About Racism and National Protests With Your Children
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
For younger children who may see images in media, etc. but lacking the context or vocabulary to discuss them, the “See, Think, Wonder” protocol is helpful. And for ECE teachers looking for support in identifying children’s needs, there’s this quick, self-guided PD from National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning.
The International Dyslexia Association Southwest Branch (SWIDA) Conference
Beginning with the Live Kickoff Event on Jan. 29, 2021 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm and continuing throughout the month of February, SWIDA will be hosting a virtual conference for individuals interested in learning more about how to support students through Structured Literacy. Guest speakers include Dr. Louisa Moats, creator of the LETRS professional development.
Please check out SWIDA’s conference brochure and registration link for more information on this year’s virtual conference. In addition, please consider applying for SWIDA scholarships available for college and teacher training.
Structured Literacy and Dyslexia 101 Live Webinars
Beginning Jan. 20, in partnership with the May Center for Learning, NMPED will be offering live webinars based on the Structured Literacy and Dyslexia 101 PD on the MrOwl platform. Please view this Structured Literacy and Dyslexia 101 live webinars flyer for more information and webinar registration links.
Please note, for any questions related to NMPED’s Structured Literacy New Mexico initiative or for additional support throughout the spring semester, the NMPED will be offering Structured Literacy Technical Assistance and Office Hours.
PBS Offers N.M. Teaching Resources
“Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present, and Future,” can help students understand the challenges New Mexicans face — and some of the solutions people are talking about when it comes to water, forests, wildlife, and even your own backyard. You will find videos on everything from snowpack to how the Pueblo of Santa Ana is working to restore habitats. View the entire collection online.
Folk Music of Hispano New Mexico
John Donald Robb recorded and transcribed over 3,000 Hispano folk songs all over the Southwest between 1945 and 1972, the largest collection of its time. Like romantic and modernist composers before him, he looked to songs of everyday folk for inspiration. He also wanted to provide a living record to New Mexico musicians and scholars. Access the collection and related materials.
Join the NMPED for a virtual presentation: “School-Wide Attendance Teams and Using Early Warning Systems To Monitor Attendance.” This event takes place on Jan. 13 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
New Mexico educators have the opportunity contribute to a collaborative project with the U.S. Department of Education. Consider filling out this questionnaire that asks for your feedback and voice that will help guide conversations around education. Information given is not personally identifiable. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Gregory Butz, member of the NMPED Secretary’s Teacher Advisory: firstname.lastname@example.org
NMASCD Chapter Meeting
Educators interested in joining the New Mexico chapter of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) can register to attend a Jan. 15 virtual meeting at 5 p.m. Connect with other educators, share ideas, and enter to win prizes.
The January edition of the Assessment Bureau Newsletter is now available. Get details about the NMPED’s Assessment for Learning Conference and presentations from district and national experts.
PreK-1 Resources and Professional Development
Early Childhood Instructional Coaches have developed a Canvas site at Western New Mexico University to support teachers. Many resources are preschool-specific, but others would be helpful to kindergarten and first grade teachers.
Family Engagement Resources
This week, PED is releasing family engagement materials as part of a #5at5NM campaign to encourage parents to check in with their children. This project was inspired by the work of Aztec Municipals schools, as well as Las Cruces Public Schools. Included in the materials are postcards and flyers in both English and Spanish that your schools can send out to families or post around the community. Ask families to post pictures on social media as they check in with their kids for the day and use the #5at5NM hashtag. You can read a news story about the Las Cruces effort here.
Instructional Materials Summer Review Institute Applications
The Instructional Materials Bureau (IMB) is accepting applications for reviewers and content leaders for the 2021 Instructional Materials Summer Review Institute. Core instructional materials for grades K-8 English Language Arts, Spanish Language Arts, English Language Development, and World Languages will be reviewed June 2-23, 2021, with training occurring before the Institute. Applications and more information about available positions can be found on the Resources and Information page of the Instructional Materials Bureau website. The deadline for applications is Jan. 19, 2021. If you have questions, please contact Charlotte.Mcleod@state.nm.us.
School Liaisons Program
This week, PED is asking New Mexico principals to appoint a School Liaison at each school site to ensure that we have open, consistent, two-way lines of communication with teachers. If you already are a School Liaison, your principal can resubmit your name. Your principal has the form and should complete it no later than Jan. 8, 2021. Please contact Mandi.Torrez@state.nm.us if you have any questions.