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New Mexico 2002 Grant Abstracts

Grantee Name:Farmington Municipal School District
Project Name:Four Corners Transition to Teaching
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Project Director:Linda Coy 505-599-8771

The Farmington and Bloomfield Municipal Schools are working with the Shiprock and Eastern Navajo BIA Agencies to address teacher shortage concerns for the schools in New Mexico. One hundred and fifty qualified mid-career professionals from business and industry, paraprofessionals from public schools, and interested recent college graduates from fields other than education are enrolled in an individualized fast track teacher certification and/or undergraduate/graduate teacher education program at various colleges and universities, including Prescott College. Those who complete the program and maintain employment as a teacher in a participating high-need school for at least three years will receive a $2000 education scholarship. Highly qualified teacher mentors are identified and trained to support the program graduates. Sustained in-service, professional development, and intensive mentoring and induction services help retain and support these new teachers.

Grantee Name:Gallup-McKinley County Schools
Project Name:Gallup-McKinley Schools/Zuni Partnership
Project Director:Karl Herr 505-721-1063

One hundred and thirty-five recent college graduates, mid-career professionals, and paraprofessionals with at least an AA degree currently serving in education, who are interested in becoming teachers in McKinley County, New Mexico, are being recruited over a five year period. Peer mentoring initiatives, special professional development events designed for first and second year teachers, placement, and other support/retention initiatives are included in the program. Year five of this grant begins October 2006.

Grantee Name:Northeastern New Mexico Rural School Consortium
Project Name:High Plains
Project Director:Shari Zimmer 505-445-7090

The purpose of this project is to recruit, train, place, and support paraprofessionals who are currently employed in five districts in northeastern New Mexico in order for them to become certified, qualified teachers. Recruits are linked with distance education programs in order to complete college degrees, benefit from an on-going professional development program, and develop individual Academic Achievement Plans. In addition, participants are supported through tuition scholarships and on-going mentoring and coaching.

Grantee Name:New Mexico Public Education Department
Project Name:New Mexico Transition to Teaching
Project Director:Carol Carpenter 505-827-3578

This program expects to recruit and train 250 individuals to become public school teachers during five years. New college graduates, mid-career professionals, and military retirees are being targeted for recruitment. This program uses a competency-based, school-based portfolio assessment process. Long-term support is provided through beginning teaching mentoring and targeted professional development.

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