1,300 instructors talk strategy, philosophies at third annual Teacher's Summit
June 18, 2018 05:35 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – School may be out for the summer, but class is in session for teachers around the state as close to 1,300 instructors converge on the metro this week for the New Mexico Teacher's Summit with a unifying goal of improving the education system.
If you ask a summit participant about their objective, most of them won't hesitate to say they are there to continue making a difference in the lives of their kids in the classroom.
Kristi Burt, a Cloudcroft educator for 17 years, said it's not the money or hours that led her to a career of books and backpacks.
"When I look back at my own education, that's what inspired me to be a teacher was the teachers that really invested in me and really wanted me to be the best," Burt said.
Now she wants to pay it forward, so to say, and do the same for her students, along with hundreds of other teachers attending the summit.
"It just empowers and gives us a voice to express ourselves," said Las Cruces teacher Evelyn Nevarez-Grassel.
There are around 300 sessions during the two-day summit, the topics ranging from evaluations to classroom-based budgeting and teaching practices. It's only the event's third year, but attendance has exploded from only 300 in 2016 to about 1,300 in 2018.
New Mexico Secretary of Education Chris Ruszkowski said unity and optimistic about the futures of New Mexico's children is essential to teachers' success.
"Be around like-minded folks who believe in our kids, who believe that anything is possible, who have that sense of hope and optimism that counters the ugly narrative of pessimism," Ruszkowski said.
Many instructors said the best part of the summit is meeting fellow teachers around the state they may not otherwise connect with. Together, they're able to strategize, compare methods and philosophies, and discuss district-based issues.
"Being able to utilize it and bringing it back to my district and my classroom, my parents and my students," Nevarez-Grassel said.
Updated: June 18, 2018 05:35 PM
Created: June 18, 2018 05:19 PM
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