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Special Education Spring Director’s Academy

This upcoming month, Region 9 is impacting education all across the state. We will be facilitating the Special Education Spring Director’s Academy on March 2 and 3. Special Education Directors, Principals, or Lead Teachers are invited to convene at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque for two days of professional development. Topics being addressed during this academy include the following:

  • Martinez/Yazzie and Implications on Special Education in New Mexico
  • Bi-Literacy Seal and Special Education
  • Dynamic Learning Systems (DLM)

We will be facilitating the 2020 Advanced Placement Winter Summit on March 2, 3, and 4. Current advanced placement teachers and high school counselors/advisors will convene at the Hyatt Regency downtown in Albuquerque and each will benefit from a full day of professional development addressing their specific roles, in addition to a day of joint offerings covering topics of mutual interest. This year, we are proud to have as our keynote speaker, Charles Marshall. One of the most popular humorous motivational speakers speaking today with over 20 years experience speaking to audiences all over the United States. Each year, Charles travels 100,000 miles to perform in over 100 corporate and civic venues from New York to California. His animated delivery and original observations have captivated over 1,000 audiences over the past two decades, including many Fortune 500 companies. He is the author of several books including: The Seven Powers of Success and I’m Not Crazy But I Might Be A Carrier. He also has produced and performed two full-length comedy videos, Fully Animated and I’m Just Sayin’!

Event number three happening in March is the NMPED Onboarding Equity Council meeting which will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque. The District/Charter School Executive Director’s Equity Councils are responsible for addressing key areas related to the Martinez and Yazzie consolidated lawsuit. This Equity Council event supports Equity Council Coordinators/Leads in establishing councils that are able to advise the district and charter school on services, programs, and budget, as well as structures for collaborative and effective relationships between all stakeholders.

Finally, we have the fourth event which is: NMPED CLSD/SRCL Convening and Sustainability Meeting at the Drury Plaza in Santa Fe. During this meeting we will learn from SRCL districts on how they have fulfilled the five critical components of an effective literacy program, rooted in a foundation of evidence-based programs and practices, and a continuous improvement model. These components are:

  1. Informed and Effective Leadership
  2. Evidence-based Instruction and Intervention
  3. Comprehensive Assessment System
  4. Professional Development
  5. Family Engagement

Along with learning from SRCL districts, we will discuss sustainability after the grant period, revisit the use of Smartsheets, discuss CLSD impact study, and review submission approval documents for purchases with grant funds. Every day, every region, every student - Region 9 is making a difference by facilitating and participating in a broad variety of professional development across our great State of New Mexico.

By Bryan Dooley / 937-2873