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NMSU teaching alliance to hold meeting in Alamogordo

The New Mexico State University Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning - a collaborative among NMSU, K-12 education and other agencies that support teaching and learning in New Mexico - will hold its spring meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 4.

The meeting is being hosted by the Alamogordo Public Schools, an alliance member, at their administration building, 1211 Hawaii Ave.

The collaborative, which includes several New Mexico school districts, strives to contribute to the success of children and the educators who serve them throughout the state. The alliance has been assisting schools in meeting the requirements outlined in No Child Left Behind.

Presentations at the spring meeting will include a keynote presentation at 9:15 a.m. by Kurt Steinhaus, the education policy adviser for the governor's office. There will be programs by various school districts on successful programs throughout the agenda as well as a presentation on the alliance's Assessment Cadre at 1 p.m.

The Assessment Cadre has been working to assist school districts in southern New Mexico to interpret and utilize their data to inform instruction practices. The Tularosa Municipal Schools served as a pilot for the cadre for the 2005-2006 school year and worked with the alliance to develop action plans for meeting all NM standards and benchmarks.

Teresa Rowlison, NMSU associate professor and program coordinator for the online special education alternative licensure program, has led the efforts of the Assessment Cadre for the alliance and will make the presentation at the meeting. The cadre also has assisted school districts in Hatch, Dexter, Bayard and Anthony.

Rowlison said as long as funding is available the cadre will continue to lend assistance to school districts in New Mexico.

For more information call (505) 646-1348.