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NMSU offers teachers additional resources through Language Arts Web site

English teachers, would you like to share your opinion on new core standards? Or need help designing a lesson plan for one of Shakespeare's plays? Then a Web site created in part by a New Mexico State University College of Education faculty member is the place for you.


Judith Franzak, Associate Department Head of Curriculum and Instruction, collaborates with her colleague Don Zancanella, University of New Mexico literacy and language arts professor, to run the Language Arts-New Mexico Web site, which Zancanella established in 2006.

The site serves to share information about policy and education practices by providing summaries and links to articles of interest. These articles offer teachers ideas for teaching certain books, ways to effectively evaluate student writing and helps keep teachers abreast of policies. Links to state and federal teaching policies also are given.

"My colleague saw a need in New Mexico to disseminate information to teachers across a geographically large area. The Web site helps connect teachers across the state, especially those in rural areas, by using technology to shorten the distance," Franzak said.

Franzak added the site not only helps teachers with material, but also promotes interactive use of social networking sites for teachers through the use of blogs and discussion groups.

Franzak and Zancanella blog every week about current events, including relevant state, national and international issues. There also is a column by New Mexico teachers describing their experiences as educators.
Language Arts-New Mexico receives up to 50 visits a day and teachers from as far away as Japan and Turkey have visited the site.

The site is not sponsored and does not promote any organizations or companies. For more information, visit http://www.languageartsnewmexico.org, or contact Franzak at (575) 646-4820.