Current processing time for complete licensure applications is 20 business days. Incomplete applications will be returned in the portal. Make sure to check your email and/or junk mail for correspondence from PED.JOIN@state.nm.us. We suggest registered users add @state.nm.us to their safe senders list.
If you submitted a licensure application more than 20 business days ago and you still do not see your application updated in the portal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PED no longer mails out copies of licenses. Educators may print a copy from their profile in the Licensure Portal.
Reopening Roadmap 2.0
The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) has released a new school reopening roadmap with updated research, guidance and best practices for school leaders at this stage of the global pandemic and with the flexibility to stay current in the next school year. Reopening Roadmap 2.0 was developed to help district, charter school and tribal leaders prepare to offer all students a guaranteed, viable, safe, culturally responsive and equitable curriculum and experience during the next school year. It’s a comprehensive update to the previous Roadmap to Accelerated Learning and Renewal released in March. Additionally, version 2.0 is in spreadsheet format to allow for interactive work and updating.
NMPBS Literature Event
New Mexico PBS and the New Mexico State Library are offering a workshop for high school teachers of English and social studies, as well as school librarians. The event, Hemingway: World War I Facts and Fiction, will be led by Santa Fe author James McGrath Morris. Morris, a former high school teacher, will present a lesson on discovering how Ernest Hemingway used his personal experience in a war battle to create his “Farewell to Arms” novel. The workshop includes an exploration of New Mexican authors, and students can learn how to use their own lives in writing fiction. Register for one of two dates here:
- Tuesday, June 22 at 10 a.m.
- Thursday, June 24 at 3 p.m.
NMPBS Literature Event
Free meal programs for children are resuming at more than 700 locations statewide this summer, the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care and Public Education departments announced this week. Programs are available in almost every community across New Mexico. Each site has been mapped and listed in a searchable format at summerfoodnm.org. All chiladen ages 1-18 (as well as those older than 18 with disabilities) can receive free meals.
- No prior registration or enrollment is required for participation.
- In consideration of ongoing safety concerns due to the COVID-19 health emergency, meals will be provided in a “grab-and-go” format.
- Nearly all sites serve lunch, and many serve breakfast and lunch.
Per statute, all first-grade students must be screened for dyslexia during the first 40 days of instruction beginning in the 2021-2022 school year. Teachers will receive training to conduct these assessments through 101 courses that will be available in Canvas beginning July 1. First-grade teachers do not have to retake 101 courses unless they need a refresher. All K-6 educators who have not already done so are urged to enroll in the 101 courses as they provide a basic overview of structured literacy, dyslexia, the dyslexia screeners and are provided at no cost.
NBCT Scholarship Application
Through funding appropriated annually by the NM Legislature, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) is able to award grants to eligible teachers who are seeking certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Scholarships are awarded annually, and awards for the 2021–2022 school year will be reimbursed for components paid for and completed prior to June 17, 2022. Applications will be accepted from May 20 to June 11. Award notifications will be sent by July 31. Complete an application here: Scholarship Application. The PED will prioritize awards for candidates seeking initial certification, in high needs areas. However, a small amount may be set aside to support teachers who are in the process of renewing their certification. Click here for more information.
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Teacher Grant Program
Marathon Oil is launching a new grant program – Unconventional Thinking in Teaching – to recognize outstanding educators in the communities where we live and work. Teachers are invited to apply or be nominated by members of their community to receive a $2,500 – $5,000 grant to support the purchase of classroom resources. Applications are due by June 15. Learn more at www.marathonoil.com/teachers.
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 bit.ly/INSPIRE21ENROLL. Also included here is our call for proposals – educators, educational leaders, and family advocates are encouraged to apply at bit.ly/AIR21application. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Leah Johnson (email@example.com) with any questions.
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.
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.
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.
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: vaccinenm.org. 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.
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.