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State educators gather at NMSU for development seminar

Twenty teachers from across New Mexico were at New Mexico State University Aug. 6-11 taking part in the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) summer Instructor Training Institute.

The institute is designed to help educators develop and refine the curriculum for students in the introduction to Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (SMET) 101 course. SMET 101 is a statewide course offered to college freshmen and community college transfer students who are considering careers in science, math, engineering or technology.

Karen Luces, AMP public information coordinator, said the training gave teachers an opportunity to learn the curriculum and different ways to assess the writing and communication skills of their students.

"SMET is not a writing course, but writing is a very important learning tool in SMET fields," Luces said. "It is important for instructors to be able to assess a student's writing ability to see if they have developed good research skills, an important aspect of SMET."

During the week-long training, Chris Burnham, academic department head for the NMSU English department, facilitated the workshop "Writing Across the Curriculum."

New Mexico AMP is a statewide program designed to help underrepresented minorities excel in a wide range of fields such as chemistry, engineering, biology and wildlife sciences. New Mexico AMP is one of 27 programs nationwide.

Chris Minnick
August 15, 2000