Pins and Posts: November 2021
Albuquerque Police Officer Named National School Resource Officer of the Year
The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) presented its Floyd Ledbetter National School Resource Officer of the Year Award to Miguel “Mick” Rael of the Albuquerque Police Department in New Mexico. The annual award recognizes school resource officers (SROs) who have made specific and significant contributions to their local communities or school districts. “Each of the experienced educators who nominated officer Rael commented that they have never seen an SRO who is as available and committed to students, staff, and the community as he is,” says NASRO Executive Director Mo Canady. “They described many ways Officer Rael demonstrates his passion for the health and wellness of everyone in and near his school.”
Vernier Software & Technology Publishes New E-Book for Middle Level Students
Vernier Software & Technology recently published the new Climate and Meteorology Experiments e-book to engage middle level students in the use of data-collection technology as they explore weather, climate, and other important Earth science topics. The e-book includes 11 interactive investigations utilizing wireless Vernier sensors such as the Go Direct® Light and Color Sensor, Go Direct® Surface Temperature Sensor, and Go Direct® Weather System, as well as the Vernier Graphical Analysis™ app. “Weather and climate impact everybody each day,” says John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “By tying in real-world topics like the weather with hands-on data collection, our new e-book helps students stay actively engaged in the learning process.”
Scholarship Launched to Support Rising Black School District Leaders
The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) recently launched the 2021 NABSE $10,000 Scholarship Award to promote and increase Black representation at the highest levels in school districts nationwide. The inaugural
award, sponsored by Curriculum Associates, will be given to a qualified Black educator pursuing an advanced degree in educational leadership. “We recognize the need to develop a new generation of educational leaders, and—at this time in our country’s history—developing African American and Hispanic leaders is especially important to the growth of the field,” says Fadhilika Atiba-Weza, executive director of NABSE.
Curriculum Associates Joins High-Quality Professional Learning Marketplace List for 2021
The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) recently named Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Classroom Mathematics and i-Ready Reading programs to its High-Quality Professional Learning (HQPL) Marketplace List for 2021. The list acts as a guide for teachers, schools, and districts across the state to identify professional learning provider programs that support orientation and ongoing implementation of high quality instructional materials.
“Ongoing professional development is necessary for educators to be successful in the classroom,” says Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “As such, we work to provide educators with a robust set of materials and supports to help facilitate their teaching and to help them create an engaging learning environment for all students.”