Professional Development

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is dedicated to helping educators improve their practice through participation in High-Quality Professional Development (HQPD). High Quality Professional Development is a set of coherent learning experiences that is systematic, purposeful, and structured over a sustained period of time with the goal of improving teacher practice and student outcomes.

Satisfying the requirements for PDPs in ESL/SEI and special education

In June of 2012 the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education revised the regulations and now all educators renewing a primary license must earn at least 15 PDPs in ESL/SEI and 15 PDPs in effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles. In order to assist educators in satisfying these renewal requirements, the Department has identified courses and activities that can be used for license renewal, for example:

Research has shown that high-quality, job-embedded, ongoing professional development is the most effective for supporting student achievement. NMRSD adheres to the standards for professional learning advocated by the National Staff Development Council, specifically:

  • Professional learning is for educators to develop the knowledge, skills, practices, and dispositions they need to help students perform at higher levels. …The standards focus on one critical issue -- professional learning. (

Strategic Goals for Professional Development

1.2 Provide teachers with differentiated professional development addressing the newly designed curriculum maps, resulting in developing a deeper understanding of what they are teaching, why, and timelines.*

2.2 Identify successful teaching practices across the district in the area of student engagement and support teacher-led professional development opportunities such as workshops, peer observations, mentoring, and co-teaching to share and develop best practices for instruction. *

3.2 Provide appropriate professional development in order to build staff capacity in efforts to address the social-emotional needs of students and families.

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