It is a great turn out this morning for the arduous but necessary work of collaboration in order to update the TAM for gifted education in New Mexico. Thank you to all physically present at NMHU Rio Rancho Center (pictured below), traveling from as far as Clovis and Farmington, and to those virtually present, signing on from Bloomfield, Gadsden, and Las Cruces.
The meeting began at 9 AM and all weighed in on the excellent draft revision of the Identification Chapter presented by Geoffrey Moon, of Santa Fe Public Schools. We then discussed the IEP Chapter work presented by Kelly Thomas Coyle and Valerie Hobbs of Grants.
Photo by Steve Heil of NMAG’s Gifted TAM Update Collaboration Session, March 3, 2018 in Rio Rancho, NM
The U.S. Department of Education will allow New Mexico to use results from its teacher-evaluation system to meet No Child Left Behind Act staffing requirement.
New Mexico is the first state to be granted a waiver of exemption from the “highly qualified teacher” requirement of No Child Left Behind. NMAG members are encouraged to follow this issue with consideration of its implications for gifted education. Please follow the links below for more details about this landmark decision.
NM Receives Waiver PED Press Release
Read the letter from Deborah S. Delisle, Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education to Hannah Skandera, New Mexico’s Secretary of Education:
KRQE News New Mexico Gets Waiver on Teacher Requirements