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Teachers improve their math teaching skills
October 20, 2020
Rick Kitchen from the University of Wyoming

Rick Kitchen from the University of Wyoming (shown here at the MSA Summer Institute in 2019) took part in a virtual math teaching professional development session with Northern New Mexico educators Oct.10.


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Teachers improve their math teaching skills

Education specialists from the Laboratory’s Math and Science Academy (MSA) led virtual professional development sessions for teachers and principals at Bernalillo Middle School on Oct. 6 and El Camino Real Academy, Santa Fe on Oct. 7. The sessions focused on effective mathematics teaching practices as identified by the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics and are for all math teachers in the schools. MSA staff were also joined by RIck Kitchen of the University of Wyoming, to provide math content and pedagogy training for mentors, teacher residents, and teacher leaders from across Northern New Mexico at a session on Oct. 10. These opportunities are components of the Teacher Residency and Professional Learning Initiative, a collaboration of the Laboratory, New Mexico Highlands University, and four school districts in northern New Mexico funded through a grant from the NM Public Education Department.

Career Pathways Scholarship Deadline

The LANL Foundation is accepting applications for Career Pathways Scholarships from Northern New Mexico students pursuing a two-year degree, trade, or certificate program.  Awards, supported by Laboratory operator Triad National Security, LLC,  are $1,500 per semester, renewable up to two semesters for a total of $3,000. The deadline to apply is November 16, 2020, and there is more information here.

Podcasts take you inside the Laboratory’s work

Two podcast series from the Laboratory give listeners a new way to learn about our national security and space exploration work. The National Security Science podcast is a spin-off of National Security Science magazine, and explores stories from the Lab’s Weapons Program that show how innovative science and engineering are keeping America safe. The Mars Technica podcast takes you on board NASA’s Perseverance rover as it heads to Mars, exploring some of its incredible exploratory technology with the Laboratory scientists who created it. You can get both series from iTunes or wherever you normally download your podcasts.