Thanks once again for making this year’s NMCEL Summer Conference a success. It was wonderful to see so many of you “moving to the beat” as both keynote speakers Dave Weber and Alan Blankstein began their presentations with the music with which most of us grew up. Their messages were positive and uplifting—educators continue to make a difference in the lives of the children they serve. We heard lots of comments from conference attendees that the atmosphere and the tone of the conference was very positive, and the keynotes and presentations gave them the “shot in the arm” they needed to begin the school year on a positive note.
More than ever before, teachers and school and district leaders are facing huge challenges as the new school year gets underway; yet every day we hear and read about schools and districts that are beating the odds and helping their students to learn at higher levels. Those improvements, however slight they may be, are due to the constant and focused attention and effort of all the people in our schools and communities.
This year may also present an opportunity for New Mexico’s educators to catch their breath and have a chance to fully implement and evaluate the various initiatives that have been introduced in the past several years. It appears, currently, that there are no new changes proposed for this school year. Obviously, everyone is working on the implementation of the common core, the new evaluation system and the upcoming on-line assessments—all of which are huge initiatives in their own rite. However, this year may provide some respite from adding yet another project.
The Legislative Education Study Council (LESC) has been meeting in various parts of the state during the Interim session. At each meeting they have asked a panel of district superintendents/staff talk to about their experience with the evaluation system. Each of the panels has reported that the observation piece is regarded in a positive manner by both teachers and principals. Time to conduct the observations and provide good feedback remains a challenge. In the coming year, the principal evaluation system will go into full effect, and to that end the NMCEL/CES Symposium will focus on components of this portion of the evaluation system. Please look for registration information elsewhere in this newsletter.
Finally, during the July conference, the membership voted to make changes to the NMCEL Bylaws to change the office of Vice President to President–elect, making it a two year term and having the President-elect succeed the President. Please help us congratulate Eric Bose on being elected as President-elect for 2014-15. He will succeed Crit Caton as NMCEL President when his term ends in July of 2015.
Best wishes for a positive and successful school year.
Gloria O. Rendón
NMCEL Executive Director
President, Crit Caton, Superintendent from Artesia. Erik Bose, APS Principal was elected President-elect.
Welcome back to the 2014-2015 school year! I hope everyone had the opportunity to re-charge your batteries over the past two months. A special thanks goes out to all who attended our NMCEL conference this past July. Our NMCEL Organization truly appreciates the support you show through your attendance and hopes that each of you gained some valuable information to assist you this coming year. I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for being a vital part of our educational system in New Mexico. Thank you for your hard work and dedication as we look forward to another exciting school year.
Crit D. Caton, Ed.D.