• Dear Teacher - May 7, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: Is your child’s IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) up-to-date? Parents need to be sure that the IEP is meeting their children’s special needs. — Special Ed Teacher

  • Puerto Rico to close 184 public schools

    By Danica Coto
    The Associated Press

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico is closing 184 public schools in a move expected to save millions of dollars amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus to the U.S. mainland in the past decade, officials said Friday.

    An estimated 27,000 students will be moved elsewhere when their schools close at the end of May, Education Department spokeswoman Yolanda Rosaly told The Associated Press.

  • NMHU students showcase Seabury Fellowship projects

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Three Highlands University media arts students each received $2,500 fellowships to develop independent multimedia projects, thanks to the Seabury Foundation and a full match from the Highlands Foundation.

    Patricia Chavez, Mackenzie Gruenig, and Andrew LaPointe received the 2016 – 17 Seabury Fellowships, showcasing their projects on April 27 at an awards presentation.

    Media arts professor David Sanchez Burr is the adviser for the Seabury fellows for the second year.

  • 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.