New Mexico Leading the Charge on Teacher Support & Evaluation

New Mexico is leading the nation in developing a teacher evaluation system that is fair to both teachers and communities; an inevitable tension in this hard work. We should be proud of what we’ve built and have the fortitude to keep building on that foundation. In doing so we will continue to lead the nation and serve as models of what’s possible.

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Teaching Kids to Read: Education’s Climate Change Crisis

Scientific research has shown how children learn to read and how they should be taught. But many educators don't know the science and, in some cases, actively resist it. As a result, millions of kids are being set up to fail.

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A Week Full of Firsts

Balloons are up in Albuquerque! What a welcome sight. Pardon my not posting anything last week. For the first time, I went to Montgomery, AL to join a conference of fellow education bloggers. About twenty of us from across the country spent a few days sharing stories and inspiring one another for this challenging work. We come from all walks of life, most of us having worked in education in one form or another.

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For Bright Ideas and Actions, Let's Look to San Antonio

New Mexico needs a changing of the guard when it comes to education. Too many of those shouting the loudest don't represent the generation, race/ethnicity, socioeconomics, or even best interests of our communities. Instead of doing the hard work of change leadership, they settle for cheap political points and simplistic quips to the press. Let's keep the pressure up for them to do better - or step aside.

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Heading to Cobre, NM: Coffee Break With Edward Pena

Isn’t that what education is all about? We have to improve and stay current, because we are trying to get our kids prepared for their future. If we don’t know what is out there - and what we need to do - how can we really prepare them?

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New Mexico Teachers: Let's Be Heard

Often when education is discussed or debated, vital and necessary voices are left out: us teachers. Who better to provide perspective on schools than those of us working with students every day? Who better to speak about teacher pay, class sizes, educational spending, and many other topics than those of us who personally grapple with these issues?

It seems as though some policy makers want teachers to use their voice, but only while we are in the classroom. I’ve seen first-hand that those days are over and the time for direct teacher voice has arrived.

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Coffee Break With Hope Morales

As a parent, I’m excited that the mindset of my children is focused on grit. This mindset is going to help them throughout their educational career and beyond. I think of the possibilities for other children with the same mindset. As a teacher, I always loved looking at data. I’m excited about our state data and those pockets of excellence throughout our state. I am hopeful that these pockets will continue to grow. The most exciting thing of all is understanding the high standards we hold for our students and knowing that more and more students are rising each year. I know firsthand how education can be life- changing and hope to see that many more of our students have more opportunities as a result.

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The Curious Case of APS's Special Education Survey: Part 2

Let's pick up our tale where we left off. Which is only fitting given the Albuquerque Journal has done so as well, nearly two weeks after we broke the story. Readers will continue to find original information and reporting right here at your home for all things education in New Mexico. Meanwhile, imitation is the highest form of flattery.

As I dug through thousands of pages of APS/ATF messages received through a public records request, an interesting thread related to this survey proposal emerged.

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