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Educators from around the state to receive technology training

More than 100 public school teachers from around New Mexico will come to New Mexico State University June 7-10 to take part in "Professional Development 2001," workshops designed to teach the benefits of incorporating technology into the classroom.

kshops are sponsored by the Regional Educational Technology Assistance program, a federally funded program based at New Mexico State. This year's participants will learn Web site development programs Go Live, Live Motion and Photoshop. The software packages will allow educators to teach basic Web page design as well advanced Web animation techniques, said Susan Bussmann, RETA project coordinator.

"There is a dire need for professional technology development in New Mexico, but not a lot of service providers to do it," Bussmann said. "Over the last four years the RETA program has had a big impact in the state, and we have grown every year, adding more teachers, partners and school districts."

Summer workshop participants will go on to train other teachers and administrators at RETA's regional centers throughout the state. Each RETA instructor will hold six Saturday workshops during the upcoming school year in school districts throughout New Mexico to teach the RETA curriculum for incorporating technology. The centers are located at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, Northern New Mexico Community College in Espanola, Western New Mexico University in Silver City, New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe and New Mexico State University.

The RETA program is funded by a five-year $8.7 million U.S. Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant. RETA is administered by New Mexico State and the Gadsden Independent School District. Teachers who participate in the RETA training receive a $100 stipend and free software.

To learn more about the program, visit the RETA Web site at http://reta.nmsu.edu, or call 1-877-999-7382.