Teacher Professional Development

2017 Energize New Mexico/ Making Sense of SCIENCE Teacher Professional Development Institute

Presented by the New Mexico Informal Science Education Network (NM ISE Net) and NM EPSCoR, with support from NM Museum of Natural History and Science, Explora, and NM Public Education Department.


A comprehensive professional development course for teachers that provides all the necessary ingredients for building a scientific way of thinking in teachers and students, focusing on science content, pedagogy, and literacy. This workshop focuses on developing teachers' understanding of energy, not an energy curriculum for students. Teachers will

  • Learn major energy concepts
  • Examine how children make sense of those concepts
  • Analyze and improve their teaching practice
  • Learn ways to support science learning through literacy
  • Learn about energy research in New Mexico

Click here to learn more about the Making Sense of SCIENCE Teacher Courses.


The Institute will be held in Taos.


July 24-28, 9:00 am-4:00 pm daily, PLUS Two days in the fall.
Application deadline is April 14, 2017!


Upper elementary and middle school (4th-8th grade) teachers from northeast New Mexico who teach science are eligible to attend. Priority will be given to teachers applying as a team of two or more teachers from the same school and to teachers from Taos Municipal Schools and surrounding districts.


Teachers will receive a stipend of $625 for the week, plus an additional $250 stipend for their participation in follow-up workshops. Support for hotel and travel expenses are available for teachers traveling more than 50 miles to attend the Institute..


Contact Selena Connealy, or 505-217-5605.

To Apply

  • Identify your school team of at least two teachers, write a statement of purpose, and ask your principal to write a letter of support.
  • Fill out an online application and attach supporting documents—statement of purpose and principal’s letter of support. Principal’s letter of support may be faxed to 505-246-6007, attn. Selena Connealy or emailed to
  • Click here to apply!

Personal Statement – Your statement of purpose should be a maximum of one page (one application, one statement for the entire team) and should answer the following questions:

  1. How will your school benefit by attending this institute? Please address teacher capacity and student outcomes.
  2. In what way are you already teaching about Energy at your school?
  3. How will you work as a team to implement what you have learned in this Institute? After completion of the Institute, how do you intend to share what you learned with others?

Principal’s Letter of Support – Should include a statement indicating

  1. Support of your team’s participation in this week-long Institute and follow-up workshops.
  2. Support of your team's implementation and sharing of knowledge and skills.

A copy of the online application form is provided for your reference. Please note that ONLY ON-LINE applications will be accepted (with the exception of the principal’s letter of support which may be faxed attn. Selena Connealy to 505-246-6007, or emailed to

Application deadline is April 14, 2017!

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Selena Connealy
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