2,000 free books for NM kindergarteners
The Public Education Department is distributing 2,000 copies of the bilingual book Little Nita’s Big Idea / La gran idea de la pequeña Nita to kindergarteners in 10 New Mexico school districts. The books were purchased and donated by owner-operators of McDonald’s franchises in New Mexico.
In this video, Lt. Gov. Howie Morales reads the book out loud in English.
In this video, PED literacy director Severo Martinez reads it in Spanish.
Books have been distributed to kindergarten students in the following school districts: Alamogordo, Bernalillo, Bloomfield, Cobre, Hondo, Portales, Ruidoso, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa and Taos.
Cooper de Uribe named 2021 Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Alisa Cooper de Uribe on being named the 2021 New Mexico Teacher of the Year! Alisa is a first grade bilingual teacher at the New Mexico International School in Albuquerque.
Alisa grew up in Raton where she said she first became interested in cultures of the world and learning to speak Spanish. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Abilene Christian University and a master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College.
“Ms. Cooper de Uribe’s reputation as a friend and mentor to her first-grade students was just one of the qualities that make her a perfect fit as New Mexico Teacher of the Year,” Stewart said. “Her mission – to imbue students with multilingual skills that will put them on a path to future success – mirrors my goal of excellence in education for all of New Mexico’s students.”
Watch the official announcement here.
Be sure to take a listen to the latest episode of Instruction Interruption, an NMPED podcast with 2020 Teacher of the Year Mandi Torrez. In this episode, Torrez talks with Rafe Martinez, co-founder and director of the Albuquerque Sign Language Academy. Rafe tells his personal story of what motivated him to open the school and also talks about having bold visions in order to move New Mexico education forward. Listen here or subscribe where you get your podcasts.
Canvas Professional Development Opportunities
The PED Assessment Bureau has launched four courses on Canvas to support educators in better understanding the New Mexico Balanced Assessment System and implementing interim and formative assessments. After successful completion of a course, educators have an opportunity to obtain a virtual badge that is recognized by NMPED as a professional development activity. School administrators are encouraged to consider recognition of badges as evidence of staff elected professional development as part of an educator’s PDP and Domain IV criteria of Elevate NM. Register by clicking on the course name below:
- Dynamic Learning Maps-Instructionally Embedded Assessments
- Interim and Formative Assessment Practices
- English Language Arts — SAT Suite Question Bank Resource
- Mathematics — SAT Suite Question Bank Resource