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Doctoral students take technology training class at NMSU

Fourteen doctoral students, many of whom work for public schools in New Mexico, recently completed a hands-on technology training session at New Mexico State University. The students are participating in a pilot doctoral cohort program offered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at NMSU.



Among those who recently completed a hands-on technology training session at NMSU are top, left to right: Karen Dixon Blazer, Chuck Culpepper, Lorenzo Gonzales, Michele Stafford-Levy and Richard Yzenbaard. Bottom, left to right: Mary Jane Ward, Nancy Valenzuela, Sherry Roeser, Kris Baca and Martha Carpenter. (NMSU photo by Deja Cloud)

The participants, who were selected in the spring of 1999 for NMSU's doctoral program, are: Kris Baca, educational specialist at Carlsbad Caverns National Park; Susan Bussmann, Regional Educational Technology Assistance project coordinator at NMSU; Martha Carpenter, counselor and teacher at Loving High School; Linda Coy, superintendent of Grants-Cibola County Schools; Chuck Culpepper, principal of Kirtland Central High School in Shiprock, N.M.; Karen Dixon Blazer, educational consultant for EDB Enterprises in Mescalero, N.M.; Lorenzo Gonzales, RETA coordinator at the Santa Fe Community College Resource Center; Yvonne Lozano, assistant superintendent for instruction at Gadsden Independent School District; Sherry Roeser of Mayfield High School in Las Cruces; Steven Sanchez, New Mexico Department of Education in Santa Fe; Michele Stafford-Levy, clinical faculty at NMSU; Nancy Valenzuela of Puerto Rico; Mary Jane Ward, principal of Caton Middle School in Eunice, N.M.; and Richard Yzenbaard, assistant principal of Zuni High School in Zuni, N.M.

Classes for the program are taught on the Internet during the academic year followed by an intensive, three-week summer session. This session allows participants to become familiar with the tools needed to complete the program and teaches certain academic approaches including research strategies and question development.

Before being selected for the program participants had to develop a portfolio of their professional experience, write an article that synthesized research findings and attend a doctoral intake interview.

The program was designed by Karin Wiburg, an associate professor in NMSU's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Carmen Gonzales, project director for the RETA.

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CUTLINE: Among those who recently completed a hands-on technology training session at NMSU are top, left to right: Karen Dixon Blazer, Chuck Culpepper, Lorenzo Gonzales, Michele Stafford-Levy and Richard Yzenbaard. Bottom, left to right: Mary Jane Ward, Nancy Valenzuela, Sherry Roeser, Kris Baca and Martha Carpenter. (NMSU photo by Deja Cloud)

Sarah Lautman
August 18, 2000