• Dear Teacher - April 30, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: I hear that children starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school are going to be required to read more nonfiction, from news articles to historic documents. What is the reason for this new emphasis on reading nonfictional materials? — Changing Times

  • Study: Program shows poorer math results

    By Maria Danilova
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Students attending private schools in the nation’s capital through a federally funded voucher program are doing worse in math compared to their peers, according to a government study released Thursday.

  • Recognized for their work
  • Criticism of middle sports cuts grows

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico education officials on Thursday joined the chorus of people who are criticizing Albuquerque Public Schools for proposing to cut to middle school sports next year.

    Deputy Public Education Secretary Paul Aguilar issued a statement saying parents deserve to know that pay for the district’s top administrators has increased dramatically in just five years and now tops $4 million.

  • Dear Teacher - April 23, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: What are some nontraditional college choices ­— ones that offer something different from four years of academic work on a college campus? Somehow this approach just doesn’t seem right for our son who is very interested in preparing for a career in technology while in school. — Something Different

    Answer: Two programs that will help college students be well prepared to start a career right after college are co-ops and internships.

  • Showcasing their innovation - Luna Community College students compete during high-level event

    Submitted to the Optic

    Luna Community College’s STEM Department was well represented recently at the Wolves’ Den Competition, a “Shark Tank”-like event, held at New Mexico Tech.   

    A team of future entrepreneurs, Raul Flores Ramirez, John Noel, Eric Sandoval, and Charles Wells, presented their Ion Propelled Drone concept to a panel of investment capitalists, entrepreneurs and inventors.  

  • Teachers cash in, big time, by selling lessons

    By Carolyn Thompson
    The Associated Press

    Miss Kindergarten is in the million-dollar club. So are Lovin Lit, the Moffatt Girls and about a dozen other teacher-entrepreneurs who are spinning reading, math, science and social studies into gold by selling their lesson plans online to fellow teachers around the world.

    Despite worries from some educators, such online marketplaces are booming, driven by rising standards and the willingness of teachers to pay out of their own pockets for classroom-tested materials.

  • Dear Teacher - April 16, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: I am a bit of a procrastinator and so is one of my children. She is staying up late every night in middle school to finish her work, and it is making her unhappy. Are there any ways to help her stop procrastinating? —Procrastinator

    Answer: There are a lot of reasons why students procrastinate. Since your daughter is unhappy, she probably would like to turn things around and get her homework done a lot faster. First, she needs to think about why she is procrastinating.

  • Students of the month - April 9, 2017
  • Dear Teacher - April 9, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Question: I hear that kindergarten has become a mini first grade. Where can I find out what children are now expected to learn in kindergarten? — Wondering