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May 19—Public education, early childhood departments seeking instructors for summer literacy program

New Mexico’s Public Education Department and Early Childhood Education and Care Department are seeking hundreds of instructors to teach the state’s free summer reading program.

The four- to six-week program, which is slated to serve 10,000 students from incoming kindergarteners to ninth graders during June and July, will provide four hours of literacy instruction per day in a small group setting.

“As a literacy instructor, you will equip children with important reading skills and help them gain the confidence they need to be successful in all school subjects,” said Public Education Secretary Arsenio Romero in a news release announcing the program.

Instructors will be paid $35 per hour. Although they don’t need to be licensed teachers, instructors must be available for specialized training and at least 25 hours of work per week.

The deadline to apply is May 24. For more information and applications, visit literacy.nm.gov.

MAKE Santa Fe to host robotics classes

Turgut Guneysu, a Turkish electronics educator with a specialty in physical computing, will visit MAKE Santa Fe in June for a series of electronics and robotics courses for teens and adults.

Guneysu will present a free lecture from 6 to 7 p.m. June 6 on how to construct robots from MicroBlocks, or small electronic components.

“This is an ideal way to begin a journey into electronics projects and microcontrollers because its plug-and-play technology expedites learning and eliminates soldering connections. Everything happens in real time,” Christy Georg, operations manager at MAKE Santa Fe, said in a news release.

Interested students can expand that learning in Guneysu’s four-hour classes, hosted at MAKE Santa Fe on June 7, 9, 12, 14 and 16.

For tickets and more information, visit makesantafe.org/events.

Early childhood department hosts planning retreat with Head Start

Experts from New Mexico’s Early Childhood Education and Care Department and Head Start leaders from across the state convened for a two-day strategy retreat earlier this month, intended to strengthen collaboration and improve partnerships to meet the needs of children and families.

Head Start and Early Head Start, a federally funded early childhood education program for low-income families, are important pieces of New Mexico’s early childhood education landscape. The summit earlier this month marked the first time leaders from the state’s early childhood system met to plan and strategize with federal Head Start officials.

“This is a historic moment for New Mexico,” Early Childhood Education and Care Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky said in a news release. “We were thrilled to be in community with the state’s Tribal and Regional Head Start and Early Head Start programs to dream and plan together on how we can achieve our collective hopes and aspirations for families and children in New Mexico.”

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