‘Teacher Cadets’ From Local High Schools Attend CNM Workshops

November 2, 2016 -- About 60 students from Manzano and Eldorado high schools who are participating in a “Teacher Cadet” program recently visited CNM and attended workshops in preparation for a CNM dual credit Introduction to Teaching class they’ll be taking in the spring.
November 02, 2016

The high school students who participated in CNM’s first Education Programs College Day took part in four different workshops designed to introduce them to teaching skills and strategies that they will be using as part of their Intro to Teaching dual credit class.

Among the workshops led by CNM faculty members were “Hands on Math,” taught by Lisa Tsuchiya; “Differentiation,” taught by Portia Sharp; “Communication Skills,” taught by Angie Alley; and “Developmentally Appropriate Practice,” taught by CNM students in EDUC 2204 Child Development, under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Jewett.

The workshops were based on feedback from the high school instructors, Miskee Blatner and Francesca Martinez. The workshops were intended to address the skills that their students will need to participate in the practicum part of their course, which includes working with young children. The workshops were also introductions to content they will be learning as Teacher Education students.

CNM Educations Programs faculty have been working with the high school teachers in the Teacher Cadet program for several years to create opportunities for future teachers.

Dr. Jewett, a full-time CNM faculty member, planned the event and worked with faculty and CNM students to prepare the workshops. Students who are enrolled in her EDUC 2204 Child Development class ran a workshop on developmentally appropriate activities for children, said Catron Allred, CNM director of Education Programs.

“The students were so excited about what they learned and, according to their teachers, have not quit talking about what a wonderful experience it was to come to CNM and meet CNM students and faculty,” Allred said. “This type of program is so important to our community as we struggle to address teacher shortages and need to attract the best of the best into teaching. We hope that this is the beginning of future activities and partnerships to help build a stronger teacher pipeline for New Mexico.”